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Grieving During the Winter

The winter season brings many changes in regards to the weather. Especially to those who have the privilege of living in the upper Midwest. Sometimes we are referred to as “The Bold North” or “The Frozen Tundra”. The weather around here has extreme changes; from glorious sunny days drifting around…...

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How to Write SMART Goals

Last week on the blog, we discussed why writing your goals down makes a big difference in actually achieving them. Make sure to go back and read it! This week, we will be talking about how to write SMART goals.   Have you heard about SMART goals? It is a…...

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Why You Should Make Goals

“A little boy in the sixth grade named Steve who came from a low-income family, wearing hand me down clothing and suffering from a stuttering problem, was sitting in class listening to his teacher as se gave them a new assignment. She asked the class to write down what they…...

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Grieving After the Holidays

Losing a life of someone dear around the holidays isn’t really that much different from any other time. The obvious exception to the rule is that the holidays are meant to be a time for joy for everyone, and you may not be experiencing that same joy. While those around…...

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Options for Financing Funerals

A funeral is an essential expense. Thankfully, a little planning will reduce the uncertainty of costs and payment. If you don’t plan for funeral expenses, you run the risk of your family having to ask others to share an unexpected burden. This puts everyone in an embarrassing and uncomfortable position.…...

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Questions About Estate Planning

1. Why do I need an estate plan? Most of us spend a considerable amount of time and energy in our lives accumulating wealth. As we do this, there also comes a time to preserve wealth both for our enjoyment and for future generations. A solid, effective estate plan ensures that…...

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A Resolution to Plan for the Future

Make a Resolution to Complete Estate and Funeral Planning While your friends resolve to make this next year the one where they finally lose weight, get fit and kick those unhealthy habits, why not do yourself and your loved ones a favor and complete your estate and funeral planning? It’s certainly…...

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Why Prearrange?

It is important to recognize that death often places unanticipated burdens on survivors. Making all the arrangements – for the funeral or cremation, cemetery, the casket, the pastor, the flowers, and on and on – all while they’re trying to come to grips with their loss, is a lot to do.…...

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A Caretaker’s Story

  I knew this woman who had beautiful olive skin, perfectly coiled curls and the sunniest disposition.  This woman was so encouraging and so positive. She had three children just as perfectly put together as she.  Whether she was wearing an outfit fit for a business meeting or an intense…...

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Writing a Letter to My Grief

Writing a letter to your grief can be a good way to express your feelings about it as if it was a living thing.  Grief has its benefits and downfalls. Writing this letter might help you discover that there is purpose in grief but there is also places where you…...

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