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.

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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...

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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 Personal.com.

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

Gretchen Rubin, author of the mega-bestselling book The Happiness Project, gave Everplans a lovely shout-out on her blog this weekend.

In the May issue of The Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch looks into the work of two doctors, Dr. Angelo Volandes and his wife Dr. Aretha Delight Davis, who are making a series of videos to help people make better end-of-life decisions.

Friend-of-Everplans Mark Dimor is producing a documentary that we think is both powerful and important.

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I graduated from business school four months after my mother died.