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What are the best ways to learn how to embrace death and the best ways to plan for it? For you? For your family? Life as a Senior and Death Prep.

Linda Mac Dougall, Mac Dougall Consulting for Disabilities, LLC, and, shares thoughts on embracing death, life as a senior, as well as death preparation.

“I usually don’t answer many of these queries, but yours caught my attention. I was raised by a mother who was very afraid of death and would
say that death would have to take her kicking and screaming. Ironically, she went out with her cancer like a lamb unable to fight anymore.”

“From an early age, I knew I would at some point have to work with seniors to dampen the fear she instilled in me of death. I have worked with
seniors now since approx. 2005 and love them.”

“For me, watching them decline, lose their independence and purpose, lose friends, lose contact with family or through dementia, themselves, or have family that abuses them these things have educated me in why people lose the will to live. Illnesses debilitate them. They lose bone strength and begin to fall, breaking bones that can’t mend. Through medications, they can lose nutrients unknowingly and never replace them. And very few understand very much about their own bodies.”

“I am 69. I have done genetic testing and followed that up with an analysis of 1400 genes for nutritional support needs. I am in a trial on age
reversal. I am a holistic health practitioner who is working to stay healthy for as long as possible.”

“I have a cremation plan, a trust waiting on divorce finalization to kick in, and a special insurance on my life for my son that increases in value.
It also gives me a reliable source of cash when I need it to borrow from and where I pay myself back.”

“Those are the steps I have taken to prepare for the inevitable.”

Jennifer Muldowney, Freelance Journalist, Author, Spokesperson, Memorial Jewellery Maker, Celebrant, Funeral Marketing Fanatic and nicknamed, The Glam Reaper,, reached out with these observations on embracing death and preparing for it.

There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a funeral – your digital/online legacy being one most people forget. Pre planning your own funeral is also a vital step in embracing your mortality and planning for it. I believe if we don’t accept our fateful fate we will never fully embrace the gift of life.”

As Steve Jobs said, ( ) 
’Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.’ “

“ ‘No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet, death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it, and that is how it should be, because death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.’ ”

Meditating death is a key to better living. Contemplating our own demise forces us into considering the present and future. Knowing that one day it will all come to an end (depending on your beliefs) allows the brain to acknowledge the present and living and the countless opportunities that await us. The future depends on what you do now, today. Death will surely come knocking. Have you fulfilled your Bucket List?”

“Sometimes we can become to engulfed in our work day to day that we lose sight of why we do what we do until we lose someone ourselves and then it is often too late. So if you are planning a summer holiday this year – if this was to be the last one ever – with whom would you go and spend some time? Where would you go? What would you do when there? How long would you go for?”

“If this year were your choices are not easy, or fair and sometimes it takes looking death directly in the eye before we realize the real choices we want to and should make. Although his name is now forever associated with drug allegations in sport some would say that it took a serious potentially fatal cancer diagnosis to send Lance Armstrong on to make history and win seven consecutive Tour de France championships. What will your Tour de France be?”

“There’s still time to rethink your resolutions. Forget losing weight, giving up cigarettes (although you should try!) and saving money and think about DEATH!!”

The Elephas Group is a family-owned business that has been providing Funeral Planning advice and helping families deal with their times of loss for years. We are the premier provider of personalized funeral plans in Canada, proudly offering a Final Needs Planning Program, a Travel Protection Plan, Final Documents Service, Monument Services and a Supplemental Health Benefit Pharmacard.

Contact The Elephas Group for a free consultation from a Final Needs Planning expert today. We’ll work with you and your family to build an insurance plan best for your needs. For more questions about Final Needs Planning Program™ visit our website or contact one of our consultants at 1-800-661-8908.

Jarrett Goldman, CPC

Vice President

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