Before your life ends, leave some final thoughts behind, a lasting goodbye

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Passare Publishes How-to Guide on Preparing for a Loved One’s End-of-Life | Passare

Passare, Inc., a trusted and relevant source for end-of-life planning and management, today announced the release of its newest resource How-to Guide: “Preparing for a Loved One’s End-of-Life.” Released as the 17th in a series designed to provide information, advice and counsel on end-of-life matters, the new eBook focuses on how to manage the different stages of a loved one’s end-of-life.

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Japanese Festival Puts the 'Fun' in Planning Your Own Funeral | Odd News - Yahoo News

Sampling commercial products comes in many forms, from tasting new foods and drinks or test-driving cars to trying out the latest video games. How about sampling your own funeral and getting a taste of your last goodbye before you’re placed six feet under or cremated, depending on your preference. Whether you think it’s cool or creepy, it’s happening. And it’s big in Japan.

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South Korean “Death Beads” — Replacing Burial? | SevenPonds Blog

As land for funeral plots in South Korea becomes harder to come by, locals are turning to a new burial alternative: the funeral bead. The idea is to cremate a loved one, but to have their cremation ashes turned into small ‘gems’ that can be strung on a necklace, put in a vase, put in a pocket – whatever brings you comfort.

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What to Say When Someone Dies -- Advice From a Grieving Mom | Jan DeBlieu

The woman saw me before I saw her. As I got out of my parked car and slung my purse over my shoulder, she walked briskly up to me. “I just want to give you the biggest hug,” she said, enveloping me in an embrace that was much too tight and lasted far too long.

The thing was, I barely knew her. I couldn’t even remember her name.

Two months earlier, my husband and I had lost our son, our only child, in a car accident.

We had been buoyed, even overwhelmed, by the outpouring of love we’d received from friends and colleagues in our small town on the North Carolina Outer Banks. We couldn’t have asked for more.

But we were also stunned by the many times that people did or said something entirely inappropriate:

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