Death, Dying, and Dealing with It

Three years ago, I could never have imagined that I’d be contributing to a blog about end of life.

On May 29, 2013, an event that many in the funeral industry had been anticipating for years finally came to fruition: Service Corporation International (SCI), America’s largest provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services, acquired the second largest, Stewart Enterprises.

In the New York Times this week there was a piece on the importance of talking with your parents about their financial affairs. We couldn't agree more.

Judy MacDonald Johnston, creator of Good [End Of] Life, gave a powerful talk at the TED conference this year. It inspired us; we hope it inspires you.

How much planning have you done? How does it compare to the amount of planning done on average in this country?

How does a funeral home advertise its services without being crass, creepy, or morbid? A Japanese funeral home, Nishinihon Tenrei, has tried (and succeeded, we think) by creating a beautiful ad featuring a skeleton made from pressed flowers.


This Sunday, as is tradition in the United States on the second Sunday in May, children will celebrate their mothers with cards and flowers and drugstore chocolates—the single day of the year when mothers are supposed to be pampered and recognized for all that they do.

An obituary that ran in a Portland, Oregon newspaper last week featured some unmistakably familiar names...


We know it's not the most fun-times subject, but organizing and sharing your online assets (aka your digital assets, aka your digital estate, aka your digital afterlife) is a hugely important, never-before-faced issue that all of us who live on the Internet are going to have to deal with. (If you're reading this blog post, there's a pretty good chance you spend quite a bit of your life online, like we do.)

Everplans is on a mission to make planning easier for you and your family, and digital estate planning and account info organization is a big part of that. The blog TechHive thinks so too, and has included Everplans in an article on "how to get your online assets in order for when you die," along with our friends at

We like Personal because they have a simple system for online storage that allows you to give access to different pieces of information to different people in your family. Plus, it's also available as an iPhone app, which just makes everything easier. Everplans and Personal have created a special page where you can store all the information and documents that are especially relevant to end-of-life planning. Click here to check it out and get started managing your digital estate.

via TechHive