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It’s About How You LIVE – Taking The Fear Out Of Conversations About Advance Care Planning, Serious Illness and End of Life Care.

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on October 2, 2017

My interview will air on Tuesday, October 3.

I am honored to have been invited to be a part of a wonderful telesummit that began airing September 15 called,

It’s About How You LIVE – Taking The Fear Out Of Conversations About Advance Care Planning, Serious Illness and End of Life Care.

You will have free access to my interview which is called, “What to Say…When You Don’t Know What to Say”. Along with my interview, you will also have access to 20 other experts in their respective fields speaking about topics including-

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Care Giving
  • Serious Illness and Palliative Care
  • Hospice and End of Life Care
  • Grief

If you are a medical professional, a care giver, someone who has a serious illness, someone grieving a loss, or if you are simply interested in learning more about these topics, this telesummit is for YOU! If you don’t like to talk, or even think, about some of these topics, if you struggle getting your loved ones to talk about these topics, or if you are ready to take the fear out of discussing these important topics, this telesummit is for YOU!

Each of the 21 experts are passionate about their field, and after hearing their interviews, you will walk away amazed at the amount of valuable information you learned. This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best of the best, so please be sure to take advantage of this free event by registering today. Just click here to register now! www.itsabouthowyoulive.com

I am excited to share my interview with you, as well as the other 20 interviews from this distinguished group of experts. Register today, and share this with your family and friends as well. We want everyone to have the opportunity to listen and learn from this amazing group because… It’s About How You LIVE!

All the best to you! See you at the telesummit! Click here to register – www.itsabouthowyoulive.com

Lori Pederson – www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com

Founder, I Did Not Know What To Say

My interview will air on Tuesday, October 3.

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21 Amazing Experts Featured in a Telesummit For You! – Starts September 15, 2017

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on September 12, 2017

I am honored to have been invited to be a part of a wonderful telesummit that will air September 15 called,

It’s About How You LIVE – Taking The Fear Out Of Conversations About

Advance Care Planning, Serious Illness and End of Life Care.

You will have free access to my interview which is called, I Did Not Know What to Say.  Along with my interview, you will also have access to 20 other experts in their respective fields speaking about topics including-

  • Advance Care Planning
  • Care Giving
  • Serious Illness and Palliative Care
  • Hospice and End of Life Care
  • Grief and Bereavement

If you are a medical professional, a care giver, someone who has a serious illness, someone grieving a loss, or if you are simply interested in learning more about these topics, this telesummit is for YOU!   If you don’t like to talk, or even think, about some of these topics, if you struggle getting your loved ones to talk about these topics, or if you are ready to take the fear out of discussing these important topics, this telesummit is for YOU!

Each of the 21 experts are passionate about their field, and after hearing their interviews, you will walk away amazed at the amount of valuable information you learned.  This is a unique opportunity to learn from the best of the best, so please be sure to take advantage of this free event by registering today.  Just Click here to register now!

I am excited to share my interview with you, as well as the other 20 interviews from this distinguished group of experts.  Register today, and share this with your family and friends as well.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to listen and learn from this amazing group because… It’s About How You LIVE!

All the best to you!  See you at the telesummit! Click here to register.

Warm Regards,
Lori Pederson
Founder, I Did Not Know What To Say.com

My interview will air on October 3!

 

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We are accepting Article & Interview Submissions for 2015

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on February 19, 2015

Are you an expert in the grief recovery field? Do you have a story about your own life experience dealing with the loss of a loved one that you would like to share? Do you have tips or suggestions on how to assist a loved one after a loss? We would love to hear from you. We are open to article and story submissions for our website, newsletter and Facebook page.  Please email us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.

We are open for article submission for our I Did Not Know What to SayTM newsletter on the following topics:

• Tips on how to assist a loved one through the grieving process • Inspirational stories on recovering after the loss of a loved one • Special ways to remember a loved one during the holidays • Featured stories on individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the grief recovery field • How to articles on planning for a future without you (i.e. Life Insurance, Estate Planning, and Funeral Planning) Visit our Newsletter archives: http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/mailinglist.html

We are also looking for authors to be interviewed as part of our Virtual Book Tour.

If you are an author of one of the following types of books, please contact us to be included in our 2015 Virtual Book Tour: • Recovering from the loss of a loved one (child, spouse, sibling, significant other, parent, grandparent, friend, and pet) • Inspirational stories on recovering from the loss of a loved one • Inspirational books on living your best life Visit our Virtual Book Tour: http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/griefbooks-virtualbooktour.html

We are looking for the following types of professionals to interview as part of our Planning for a Life Without You™ series: • Funeral Planner/Director • Estate Planning Attorneys • Life Insurance Providers

Have an idea for an article? Want to be interviewed? We would love to hear from you. Please submit your idea or article to us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com

Sponsorships If you have a product or service that you would like to advertise on our website or in one of our upcoming newsletters, please visit our website for more details on our advertising opportunities – http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/advertise.html

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3 Helpful Tips When Selecting a Memorial

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on February 4, 2014

Selecting a memorial such as headstones for a loved one that has just passed can be a challenging process. The initial process might seem difficult and at times daunting for families and loved ones who sometimes have to make these decisions without sufficient guidance or experience.

Monuments such as headstones can be a powerful tool to help cope with the loss of a loved one as they are long lasting memorials designed to honor and cherish the dearly departed.

To aid you during this difficult process, here are some things that you should consider when preparing a memorial.

Acquaint yourself with the burial location

Before even selecting a headstone, ensure that you study the cemetery’s list of rules and regulations for burialsAstral Stone Headstone and monuments. Most cemeteries have their own unique restrictions such as the type of memorial, size, building material as well as design specifications. It’s essential to be mindful of these rules when approaching a stonemason or ordering a headstone.

Selecting a stonemason

Choosing an experienced stonemason is essential to ensure that the entire process of commissioning a monument is as smooth and hassle free as possible during your time of grief. Stonemasons like Melbourne based Astral Stone can provide expert advice and carry out a wide range of memorial work such as headstones, plaques or even full monuments.

When selecting a stonemason, be sure to examine their previous work to and ensure that you are happy with their quality of work and processes. A good stonemason would be able to assist you through every stage of the process, advising you on the options available, preferred building materials and capture the design that you feel best honors your loved one.

Share as much information as possible

To help your stonemason arrive at the most appropriate design, you should try to share as much information as possible. Some things to take into consideration are their level of spirituality, hobbies, preferred literature and personality when it comes to designing a memorial. By providing your stonemason with as much information as possible, he will be better equipped to understand and produce a memorial befitting of your loved one.

A beautifully crafted memorial can be an essential tool in helping the grieving process. The loss of a loved one can be especially difficult for families and close friends who are grieving for the first time. There are many practical ways to support the bereaved during this trying period. A memorial to your loved one can be a source of strength and inspiration whenever you visit the cemetery as a monument and testament to the deceased’s memories.

This post was made in collaboration with Astral Stone.

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We are accepting Article & Interview Submission for 2014

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on January 25, 2014

Are you an expert in the grief recovery field? Do you have a story about your own life experience dealing with the loss of a loved one that you would like to share? Do you have tips or suggestions on how to assist a loved one after a loss? We would love to hear from you. We are open to article and story submissions for our website, newsletter and Facebook page. Please email us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com.

We are open for article submission for our I Did Not Know What to SayTM newsletter on the following topics:
• Tips on how to assist a loved one through the grieving process
• Inspirational stories on recovering after the loss of a loved one
• Special ways to remember a loved one during the holidays
• Featured stories on individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the grief recovery field
• How to articles on planning for a future without you (i.e. Life Insurance, Estate Planning, and Funeral Planning)
Visit our Newsletter archives: http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/mailinglist.html

We are also looking for authors to be interviewed as part of our Virtual Book Tour.
If you are an author of one of the following types of books, please contact us to be included in our 2014 Virtual Book Tour:
• Recovering from the loss of a loved one (child, spouse, sibling, significant other, parent, grandparent, friend, and pet)
• Inspirational stories on recovering from the loss of a loved one
• Inspirational books on living your best life
Visit our Virtual Book Tour: http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/griefbooks-virtualbooktour.html

We are looking for the following types of professionals to interview as part of our Planning for a Life Without You™ series:
• Funeral Planner/Director
• Estate Planning Attorneys
• Life Insurance Providers
Have an idea for an article? Want to be interviewed? We would love to hear from you. Please submit your idea or article to us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com

Sponsorships
If you have a product or service that you would like to advertise on our website or in one of our upcoming newsletters, please visit our website for more details on our advertising opportunities – http://www.ididnotknowwhattosay.com/advertise.html

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We are open for Article & Interview Submissions

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on January 9, 2010

We are open for article submission for our newsletter on the following topics: 

  • Tips on how to assist a loved one through the grieving process
  • Inspirational stories on recovering after the loss of a loved one
  • Inspirational stories on living your best life
  • Featured stories on inspirational adventures
  • Featured stories on individuals and organizations that are making a difference in the grief recovery field
  • How to articles on planning for a future without you (i.e. Life Insurance, Estate Planning, and Funeral Planning)

We are also looking for authors to be interviewed as part of our Virtual Book Tour.

 If you are an author of one of the following types of books, please contact us to be included in our 2010 Virtual Book Tour:

  •  Recovering from the loss of a loved one (child, spouse, sibling, significant other, parent, grandparent, friend, and pet)
  • Inspirational stories on recovering from the loss of a loved one
  • Inspirational books on living your best life

 We are looking for the following types of professionals to interview as part of our Planning for a Life Without You™ series:

  • Funeral Planner/Director
  • Estate Planning Attorneys
  • Life Insurance Providers

 Have an idea for an article? Want to be interviewed?  We would love to hear from you.

 Please submit your idea or article to us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com

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The Importance of Having a Will

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on September 21, 2009

As part of our series on Planning For A Life Without You, we conducted the following interview with Michael Murphy, ESQ, to give our readers an overview on the importance of having  a will. 

1. What are the most important reasons for writing a Will?

   A.  To insure assets are left to the people you want to inherit them
   B.  To be sure that the person in charge of your estate is the person you want
   C.  To insure someone is named to take care of young children if both spouses die
   D.   To be sure you use any tax avoidance benefits available 

2.  Do I need a Will if I don’t own a home or have children?    

      Yes, for all of the above reasons. 

3.  What happens if I don’t have a Will? 

Anyone even creditors can apply to manage your estate; assets go as directed by State law instead of as directed by you and any tax avoidance opportunities may be lost. 

4.  How often should I update my Will?

Whenever there is a significant change in wealth status, any change in marital status, the arrival of children or every 5-10  years whichever occurs first. 

5.  What are the most important facts to consider when writing a Will?

   A. Consider ways to avoid probate costs
   B. Consider ways to avoid  tax consequences
   C.  Select people to be in charge of children and/or your estate who are responsible and suitable to carry out your wishes

6.  What are benefits of using an attorney as opposed to writing your own Will?           

An Attorney will know costs and taxes that can be avoided if the Will is structured properly and will be familiar with issues relevant to your state and your courts.  An Attorney will see to it that your Will is executed properly.  If your Will is not executed properly it can be invalidated.

7.  What are most important things to look for in hiring an Attorney to write your Will?  

You should consider the length of time the Attorney has been in the practice of law and the percentage of time devoted to Wills and probate matters. The more time the better, preferably more than 50%.  

The above information was provided by Michael A. Murphy, Esq.  He and his wife Ann practice law in Fairfax County, Virginia.  Tel # 703-455-7177.  Both graduated from Georgetown University Law School.  Ann has been in practice almost 27 years.  Mike has been in practice over 35 years.  Both devote the majority of their practice to Wills, Trusts and Probate matters.   

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Planning For A Future Without You

Posted by ididnotknowwhattosay on June 4, 2009

When a friend or family member dies, it seems to be the first thing on our minds – What is my plan in case something happens to me?   As a few days pass by, the thought seems to escape us and we go back to living our lives.   

Planning for your death may be one of the most difficult tasks you will ever have to complete, but it is one of the most important gifts you can give to your family. 

Over the next few months we will be providing resources on Planning For A Future Without You.  We will be exploring the following topics with experts in their fields: 

  1. Life Insurance
  2. Estate Planning
  3. Wills & Trusts
  4. Advance Medical Directives & Living Wills
  5. Funeral Planning

 Please let us know if you have any specific questions you would like addressed as we explore these topics.  If you are an expert in these fields, please feel free to email us at info@ididnotknowwhattosay.com and you may be chosen as one of our experts to interview.   

Please watch our blogs for updates.

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