have the talk of a lifetime

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Have the Talk of a Lifetime

What do you want when it comes time to commemorate your life? After you have passed, do you want to be buried? Do you want to be cremated?

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What do you want when it comes time to commemorate your life? After you have passed, do you want to be buried? Do you want to be cremated? What about the service, do you want a traditional funeral, cremation service or something more personalized like a celebration of life? These may seem like questions about the distant future, however, these questions impact more than just you. They have a profound value to those you love. Every year, many Americans pass away without leaving end-of-life wishes or a plan behind for their family, friends and loved ones. This results in confusion, stress and can add to the grief already being experienced by those who have been left behind. That is why ObitTree actively supports having the Talk of A Lifetime, an initiative which encourages families to open a discourse about life, death and what happens when it is all over.

Planning a funeral is no easy task. In fact, it requires a great amount of planning, with numerous decisions and arrangements needing to be made in a timely fashion. Dealing with this can be very challenging for many families, especially when dealing with the grief of losing a loved one. In addition, if financial preparations are not made, funeral expenses and other costs can leave some in a bad spot. If more families are encouraged to have these important discussions, then less people will experience the stress of having to make end-of-life decisions for those they hold dear.

A Life Memorial, The Way It Should Be

In addition to the logistical and financial implications, having the Talk of A Lifetime with your family can be a great way to bond, while living. Sharing stories, reminiscing, learning about one another and discussing the future are wonderful ways to bring people closer together. Not only will this positively impact relationships, but it empowers people to shape their own legacy through those whom they hold dear. At a basic level, these discussions will help families collaborate and put everything on the table. Even if you have not decided what you want when you die, talking it out with family may can help clarify your own wishes for end-of-life arrangements. When it comes time for your funeral, your family will understand your wishes. Your life will be commemorated the way it should be.

Have The Talk, It Will Make A Difference

We encourage everyone to have the Talk of A Lifetime with their family and we want to help facilitate that discussion through the resources we provide. At ObitTree, our team will work diligently to bring the most current and relevant information to North American families, connecting them with experts in their area who can help them plan the perfect goodbye. The Talk Of A Lifetime is supported by many major organizations, funeral industry associations and funeral directors everywhere. As part of our goal to build a more interconnected death care profession, we are passionate about committing our time towards bringing this cause to as many families as possible. Should you have any questions about planning ahead, we invite you to contact your local funeral home or visit www.talkofalifetime.org for more information.