A Practical Guide to Honoring Our Veterans- Part Two: Burial Benefits and Allowances

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In the second part of this article on veteran burial benefits, we will discuss what the burial benefits actually are and how your family can make the most of them. There are entitlements and restrictions to keep in mind when planning a veteran burial. We hope the outline below will give a summary of the most valuable information to consider when planning a burial for your veteran loved one. Make sure to check out part one of this series as well to see what qualifications are needed to be buried in a VA National Cemetery.

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My Journey: How to Understand Those Coping with Loss and Grief

coping griefRemember when we celebrated his golden birthday?
Remember when he was the star quarterback in high school and we cheered him to victory?
Remember when he graduated from college and went on to be successful?
Remember when he fell in love and the day we witnessed their union of marriage?
Remember that tragic day we lost him?

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A Practical Guide to Honoring our Veterans – Part One: Qualifications

flag sizedDo you have a loved one that served the United States in the Armed Forces? Are you unsure what benefits your family may have from the honored service of your family member? There are burial benefits offered to our veterans and in this two part article, we will cover the qualifications the individual must have to receive the benefits as well as an outline of what these benefits actually are and how your family can make the most of them.

 

 

 

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Beginner’s Guide to: Estate Planning - Part Three

grandpa daughter sizedWe’ve journeyed together through many questions about estate planning and today we will wrap up our series by answering four more questions that have been asked by many. Today, we will focus specifically on Living Trusts. Have other questions about estate planning? Don’t forget to check out parts one and two of the series to see if your questions are answered there.

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Highlighting our History

Funeral Service was quite different one hundred and thirty years ago.

historyThere were horse drawn carriages and hearses, processions by foot, seventy-two hour vigils, High Mass at the Cathedral, and the use of large wooden boxes for caskets. The average cost of a funeral in the late 1800's was about $120 (The value of a dollar in 1886 would now be equal to $26.61!). In 1886 a second generation American and father of eight established what we know today as Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service. John Adam Willwerscheid, then Commissioner of the Saint Paul Fire Department, at the suggestion of a friend, founded J. A. Willwerscheid Mortuary. The original facilities were located in the back room of Dries Drug Store at Ninth and Saint Peter Streets. That was the first year John Willwerscheid provided funeral services to families in his community.

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7 Key Benefits of Estate Planning

couple sizedA few years ago while I was working for a financial services firm, we had a retired couple come into our office. They wanted to make sure their beneficiaries and estate plan was in place and up to date before they went on a trip overseas. They had traveled before and were looking forward to the time they would have together on their adventure. Unfortunately while on their trip, a tragedy occurred and they both lost their lives. We were stunned and saddened by the loss but at the same time, so impressed that they had the foresight to have all their plans in place long before they thought they would need to use them. They were ready so that when they did pass away unexpectedly their wishes and expectations were made known. While none of us ever want to utilize an estate plan, this story is just one example of why it’s best to have your estate planning and beneficiary designations up to date.

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First 13 Things To Do After the Funeral

13thingsYou have just suffered an emotionally devastating event and the last things you want to deal with are money and legal matters. However, they do matter and they must be done, so try to do the best you can. Many of these tasks can also be handled by family members and trusted friends, so allow them to assist you. This checklist can help organize some of the items that you will need to address in the coming weeks.

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Beginner’s Guide to: Estate Planning – Part Two

part2Estate planning is a complex and often confusing process. But it’s something that we all need to address and have our basic questions answered. In part two of this series, we will look at four more questions that will help guide you on this journey of learning about estate planning. After this, you will be better equipped to put your own estate plan into action. Don’t forget to check out part one of this series to get more of your important estate planning questions answered.

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Five Options for Successfully Paying for a Funeral

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A funeral is an essential expenditure, and a little planning will eliminate the uncertainty of costs and payment. If you don't plan for funeral expenses, you run the risk of your family having to ask friends and relatives to share an unexpected financial burden, which can put everyone in an embarrassing and uncomfortable position. And if you borrow money, it has to be repaid.

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Grief Expectations: What You Need to Know After Losing a Loved One.

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We all know that losing a loved one is difficult. We know that we will grieve, but how much does grief impact your life? Grief can impact your whole person-mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. One thing to remember is to not distance yourself from your grief. You may want to push your grief aside and lock it in a box, but that only delays the healing process. As time goes on after your loss you will most likely experience three distinct phases of loss.

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How to Say “Thank You” After Your Loss

saythankyouAfter the loss of a loved one, your friends and relatives will want to respond by expressing their sympathy. Flowers, condolence cards, meals and other acts of kindness are all ways of letting you know that your grief is shared and understood. It is not necessary to acknowledge every person who visited you or offered condolences.

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