Clever people get estate planning advice. It not only puts their mind at ease, it makes things way easier for their loved ones when they die. Let's face it, none of us are getting out of here alive.
Despite us avoiding this conversation for like, forever, our Mom, Elma Hemminger not only sought to organize her life well before she died, true to her form, she arranged and paid for her funeral in advance of her death.
Although people usually seek help to draft their wills, estate planning advice is sought to determine all kinds of things:
This is how cool my Mom was when she got her estate planning advice. Although Elma Hemminger had not much in the way of assets when she passed, she wanted to make sure that her funeral would be the best, well, ever. So, you guessed it. She planned and paid for her funeral arrangements well before she died.
Although none of us kids wanted to talk with her about it, she forced us to take a business card and look at a pamphlet. She said, "when I go, which I am bound to at some point, you give these folks a call and they will know exactly what to do." On the pamphlet was the name and contact information for a funeral home. When the day did come that our dear Mom left this life, all we had to do was notify the funeral home. Arrangements were made, and things were already in place, right down to the songs she wanted sung. How cool was that?
Although Elma's funeral was in Port Coquitlam, the Royal Oak burial park here in Victoria, British Columbia has the same kind of plan.
We loved our Mom, Elma deeply. Although all of her kids were all deeply grieving at the time of her passing, we were also comforted knowing that Elma, the cheerful person she was, arranged her own funeral.She chose the funeral home, the hymns that were sung, the size of the room in which the funeral would occur, leaving only the decision about what kind of sandwiches would be served later. Although I still miss my Mom a LOT, I remember the day of her funeral with fondness. We were able to celebrate the life that she lived and the love that she gave us with very little stress in terms of needed organization.
Seriously Mom, your awesomeness continues in all of our hearts.
By Val Hemminger, Lawyer and daughter of the best Mom ever