Death is in the distance or as a topic, sort of an “off topic” subject for people living in the United States. We do what we can to shut it out and to avoid discussing the consequences. The topic is made a little less harsh at “Death Cafes” where people come to talk about death, funerals, their loved ones who have died, experiences of caregivers and the inevitable off shoot open ended questions, such as “Why are you here?” “People are hungry to have this conversation….” says Holly Pruett, organizer of the first Death Cafe in downtown Portland, Oregon.
Oregon ranks third among states for cremation over burial. Additionally, hospice care is well established and even “green” burials (defined as containing no embalming fluid, etc) are taking hold in the progressive state. People are starting to avoid spending lots of money on the dead but rather embrace the living. Isn’t that what Estate Planning is all about?
A traditional funeral and burial which relies on unknown people to care for your loved one costs typically between $5,000 to $15,000. Most of that can be saved if family and friends perform the necessary tasks themselves. Unlike other states that require the use of a funeral home, Oregon law allows families to act as their own funeral directors. Estate Planning is part of a discussion, not of death but speaks well of life. Start the discussion today!
I remember an old Irish blessing: May the Good Lord take a liking to you just not too soon.