Even if you are fortunate enough not to be personally affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School slayings, you've almost certainly been at the receiving end of the relentless, sometimes gruesome media coverage. This has created special issues for families and communities with small children, and particularly for elementary schools. Many school administrations have chosen to be proactive and have scheduled assemblies or class-by-class discussions about the tragedy, in many cases lead by school psychologists and counselors.

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Caring for an aging or elderly parent or grandparent can be emotionally, logistically, and financially complicated. And if you're one of nearly 7 million Americans providing long-distance care, these arrangements be even more challenging.

We're very interested in the idea of highly personalized funeral and memorial services, which is why this story caught our attention: funeral director Joe Lombardo at Williams Lombardo Funeral Home in Clifton Heights, PA is arranging funerals with the slogan, "We Put the 'Fun' in Funeral." Lombardo is making funerals that are specialized, personalized experiences—for the person who died and for those who attend the service.

We believe that life insurance can make a huge difference both before a death (in the form of peace-of-mind) and after a death (in the form of financial support).

Last night Rock Center with Brian Williams aired a very powerful piece about a tough subject: Talking about dying in order to improve end-of-life.

Besse Cooper, the world's oldest living person, died this week at the age of 116. Cooper lived in three centuries; she was 18 years old at the start of WWI, 43 years old at the start of WWII, 73 years old when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, 93 years old when the Berlin Wall came down, and 112 years old when Barack Obama became President.

Over at The Huffington Post, grief expert Gloria Horsley offers a helpful list of things to say (and things not to say) to someone who is grieving, as well as helpful things to do for someone who has experienced a loss.

Thanks to a tweet by Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman, Lifehacker wrote a really nice piece about Everplans on their blog yesterday. The piece drove a lot of traffic to the site, and we've gotten tons of great feedback.

Hi world,

We are excited to announce that as of November 19th, at 10:40 pm, Everplans.com has officially launched its new Website. (We're still in Beta so please be kind.)