Empowering the Dying and the Ones Who Care for Them

My Mom died in 2012 from pancreatic cancer. It was a terrible part of my life and I miss her everyday. You may be surprised to though, that the months and years leading to her death were also some of the best times. I was happy to be able to interview Katie Duncan, a death care coach about how we can empower our loved ones and ourselves during this process.

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Planning a Wedding you Enjoy

There are so many benefits to composting: minimizing your food waste, creating a fertilizer in which you know the contents, and you’re doing a small part in affecting climate change.

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Government Contracting: difference between Direct Cost and an Indirect Cost?

The FAR clause 31.201-1 reads, “The total cost, including standard costs properly adjusted for applicable variances, of a contract is the sum of the direct and indirect costs allocable to the contract, incurred or to be incurred, plus any allocable cost of money pursuant to 31.205-10, less any allocable credits. In ascertaining what constitutes a cost, any generally…

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BASICS OF SKIN CARE, SUNBLOCKS AND ANTI-AGING

It is embarrassing how lazy I am with my skin care. I go to bed with makeup on at least once a week and generally do the minimum I can to get by and look at least ok. So I’m excited to have Kelly Rose as my guest in this interview who shared what we absolutely must do for basic skin care and the few things we can add to our regime.

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Guilt, Grief and Caregiving of an Independent Dying Parent

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GUILT, GRIEF AND CAREGIVING OF AN INDEPENDENT DYING PARENT
This blog is not just about my journey. I want to share other peoples stories. It is remarkable how many commonalities there are in our experiences. However, each person has a different perspective and something they can teach the rest of us.

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Speaking to Medical Staff for Your Loved One

My Mom died of pancreatic cancer. As she became weaker, it was exhausting for her to communicate with medical staff. Because I spent so much time with her I had a decent idea of what the answers were but I didn’t want to speak for her and get it wrong. Eventually, a system evolved though.

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Executors Guide to a Stress Free Administration

A couple of years ago I got a phone call while I was on vacation from the grandson of a family friend. He had bad news… his grandmother … and my friend… had passed away.  I suddenly realized why he was calling… a promise I had made years before to his grandmother to handle her estate. I was suddenly thrown into a role I didn’t understand or have experience – a manager of assets, real estate and financials with the responsibility of dissolving and distributing.  It was a tough job and there wasn’t an easy checklist to follow.  In many cases I was a detective trying to figure out where assets were or if they even existed.

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