Probate Process And How It Works

Thе рrоbаtе рrосеdurе begins whеn ѕоmеоnе diеѕ аnd саn соntinuе fоr years оr mоnthѕ. Thе firѕt ѕtер оf probate invоlvеѕ submitting аn original сору оf thе dесеdеnt'ѕ death certificate tо thе рrоbаtе соurt. If the dесеdеnt died intеѕtаtе (withоut a Will); an еѕtаtе еxесutоr muѕt bе made tо initiаtе thе probate procedure. ...more

5 Ways To Keep The Memory Of Your Loved One Alive

The death of a loved one is always painful. While it is important to acknowledge that your loved one is no longer around and you must move on, keeping their memory alive is one of the best ways to honor their legacy. In this article, we will take a look at five ways to keep the memory of your loved one alive....more

I Went to a Funeral Today

We were the last to come. The trip was longer than we'd planned and by the time we got to the church, nearly all the pews were filled.My old friend stood at the front of the church, a small cluster of people around her. An arm's length away, her daughter lay in a casket, her black hair splayed across a satin pillow and a bouquet of flowers at her waist. A small poster of the Virgin Mary was propped on the casket's lid. She was still like a painted wooden statue, her extraordinary light gone, doused. There were only a few hints left of the exotically beautiful girl she had been....more

Livestreaming a Funeral

My husband's aunt died this week; she was 71, another victim to Terrorist Cancer. We were not able to go to the funeral in Kansas City, but thanks to modern technology we were able to watch it live streamed, virtual observers and passive mourners. ...more

Watching My Neighbors Die Around Me

When we first moved into our building in Fort Lee, NJ, just on the other side of the infamous George Washington Bridge, it was because my cousin had recruited us here. ...more

A Dialogue About Death

About two weeks ago, we lost one of our Labradors. Both of our dogs are on the elderly side of things and so his sickness, while sudden, was not unexpected. While it was difficult for all of us, I was especially worried about the kids. This would be the first loss they'd experience of something that touched their daily life. In case you weren't aware, we are also atheists....more

On National Cancer Survivor's Day, joy and sorrow

I didn't know it was National Cancer Survivor''s Day until a friend who is a  39-year– survivor of breast cancer posted it on Facebook....more

Relationships Build the Memories that are Left When You Die

Life comes down to papers and photos, and sometimes not even that. The important things in life are not what you have collected over the years but the relationships you develop....more

A Month Without My Father

It’s been one month since my dad passed away.  He was one of my best friends—so much so that I wrote an entire memoir about him and gave it to him for Father’s Day one year before publishing it at his request.  His passing was both expected and surprising.  He had end stage renal disease, and while we considered him “terminally ill,” we also thought we might have another year with him at least.  In the end, it wasn’t the renal failure that took him from us; it was a MRSA infection, one that caused him more pain than he deserved. ...more