Honoring the Deceased on the Day of the Dead

Honoring the Deceased on the Day of the Dead10 31If you’ve seen women with painted skulls on their faces around this time, you are not seeing just another halloween costume, but a part of the celebration of Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. While this holiday may have been recently commercialized in the U.S., there is a rich history of the holiday that goes back thousands of years.

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Minnesota Medical Assistance & Pre-paying Your Funeral

MinnesotaMedicalAssistancePre PayingYourFuneral10 24As we age and begin to look at our options for financial help, many of us will turn to Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA), MinnesotaCare or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you are just beginning to look into your options, first you must understand what each program is and whether you would qualify. Once you have a grasp on those questions, you can then take steps to figure out how to reduce your total assets to reach the income limit by setting aside monies to pay for your funeral.

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Taxes and Your Legacy Planning

Taxes and Your Legacy PlanningDid you know that the taxation of certain assets is different depending on the type of asset? When it comes to leaving a lasting legacy for your family and the important causes you love, there are several key factors to consider.  Today we will cover some insightful tips to help you make the most out of your estate planning.  

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Practical Tips to Help Your Parent After the Loss of a Spouse

PracticalTipstoHelpYourParentAftertheLossofaSpouse10 3Losing a spouse can be one of the hardest things we will deal with in this life. Adjusting to the loss of your companion can be devastating and unbalancing. If your parent has lost their spouse, there are some things you can do beyond the funeral planning stage to help them in their grief.

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6 Easy Do’s and Don’ts of Funeral Etiquette

6 Easy Do's and Don'ts of Funeral EtiquetteYou’ve got a distant relative’s funeral to go to this weekend and as you’re getting ready, all these pressing questions pop into your mind. What is the best thing you can say? What are good gestures you can do for the family? How do I best respect the family and friends that will be there?

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Philanthropy A to Z | How to Decide Who to Donate To After a Death

Philanthropy A to Z How to Decide Who to Donate To After a Death9 19You’ve made the courageous decision to donate a portion of your loved one’s assets to a non-profit but now you need to figure out who should receive your generous donation. There are many organization worthy of your donation, so we've come up with a couple of ways to help you with this decision.

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What Do You Want on Your Tombstone?

What Do You Want On Your Tombstone9 12Do you remember the old Tombstone Pizza commercials and the phrase they coined - what do you want on your tombstone? While you can’t actually get pepperoni and cheese on the type of tombstones we’re talking about, the aged advertisement brings up a good question - what do you want to put on your tombstone or memorial plaque that communicates your story to those who are left behind.

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Mourning the Death of Your Pet

Mourning the Death of Your Pet9 5image2For all you animal lovers out there, this article will be so easy to relate to and likely difficult to read, as you most likely have had the privilege to experience the unconditional love given by a pet. Whether it is a dog, cat, hamster or even a special fish, pets can touch our lives in unexplainable ways. They bring complete joy and happiness to their owners and become an important member of our families.

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Should I Be Cremated?

ShouldIBeCremated9 29Whether you’re pre-planning your own funeral or a loved one’s, figuring out all the details can be a daunting and emotional task. There are many aspects of the funeral to take into consideration, but one that is most often discussed is whether cremation should be chosen. Dependent on your religious and personal beliefs, you may still have many unanswered questions about this process. We always want to be able to assist in planning and keep you at ease about your pre-planning decisions. We have put together some helpful information about cremation, including the pros and cons of the process.

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Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Leaving a Lasting Legacy8 22At some point, we all think about the legacy that we will leave when we pass on to the next life. We often ask the same questions when we it’s time to share the legacy of a loved one who has already passed. Whether it is a family heirloom, a yearly charity event or an honorary donation to a club or organization, carrying on the legacy of someone’s passions and memory can be a healing experience on the path of grief. With the use of estate planning, we want to encourage you and your family to plan where the assets of a loved one or even your own are donated after passing. We hope that we can provide some insight and inspiring ideas to get you thinking about estate planning.

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Beautiful Memorial Service Quotes

Memorial Blog 6Whether you're looking for a quote for a program, a lovely plaque or any other need for your loved one's memorial service, we've got a few suggestions that will inspire you. For more memorial service quotes, follow us on Pinterest and check out our Memorial Service Quotes board.

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