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The Party No One Wants To Plan

    People rarely like to dwell on the fact that they or a loved one will die someday, even though it’s an inevitable part of life.

    From a practical standpoint, we would make preparations to ensure that survivors aren’t placed in financial jeopardy, and that they know the deceased person’s final wishes.

    “But the reality is that people procrastinate because the topic is too painful to think about,” says Susan Alpert, author of Later is Too Late: Hard Conversations That Can’t Wait (

    Alpert, who lost her husband suddenly after 46 years of marriage, knows from experience about the confusion, chaos and disastrous financial consequences that occur, and she believes it’s time for people to make a change in their thinking and planning about death.

    “No one wants to admit that life has an end, but picture your spouse, your children, your parents, or anyone else you hold dear,” she says. “What would their lives be like if you died and hadn’t properly prepared your estate and legal documents?”

    Survivors also are often left to make decisions about funerals or memorial services while they are still grieving. Just 23 percent of people over age 50 have planned for their funeral or burial, according to the AARP. Meanwhile, funerals come with a hefty price tag that keeps rising, with the average cost in 2014 at $7,181, according to the National Funeral Directors Association.

    “Making arrangements for your own funeral may feel surreal,” Alpert says. “But imagine the pain others will have dealing with that if you don’t step up and do it for them – and take care of the cost now if possible.” The good news, she says, is that despite the emotion involved, preparing for death can be handled over time and at your own pace, although it does require motivation and organization.

    Among the things to consider:

  • Collect important documents and details in one place. Some of the personal information that should be gathered together would include names of your doctors, your bank accounts, Social Security information, life insurance policies, a will and anything else that’s critical to your estate. Having all the important personal information in one place makes a huge difference in reducing stress and making the process easier for the person or persons left behind.

  • Plan that funeral. It’s not a pleasant topic, but it’s natural to wonder how our lives will be honored after death. Our vision might not be the same as family members, Alpert says, so it’s important to decide how and where the final resting place will be and whether there should a funeral or a memorial service. Do you want a burial or cremation? Do you prefer an old-fashioned obituary or a simple social media announcement?

  • Hire experts. “There is a business for every need, and the arena of death is no exception,” Alpert says. Try contacting a team of professionals – attorneys, accountants, financial advisors – who can help sort through all the financial and legal details ahead of time so there are fewer challenges to face at the time of death.

  • “The best way to honor a loved one’s legacy is to ensure that his or her wishes are carried out after death,” Alpert says. “But that shouldn’t happen at the expense of a budget when you’re grieving and can’t make clear decisions.”

    About Susan Alpert
    Susan Covell Alpert, author of Later is Too Late: Hard Conversations That Can’t Wait (, is a lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur and frequent guest on national radio and television shows. Alpert, who holds a master’s degree in psychology and education, has been the owner of several multi-million dollar companies and is experienced in negotiation, finance, international services, and business. Alpert also is author of Driving Solo: Dealing with Grief and the Business of Financial Survival.

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Ken Norton -   Ken Norton died at age 70 years old on 6/14/2017 at a Veterans Affairs' medical facility in Henderson, Nevada, according to Gene Kilroy, who had managed Ali and more recently visited Norton as he recovered from a stroke.
Cortez Kennedy -   Seahawks Hall of Fame defensive lineman Cortez Kennedy died at age 48. Orlando police confirmed Kennedy’s death to the Blytheville Courier News, saying there was "nothing suspicious" about it. An investigation is ongoing.
Christopher 'Big Black' Boykin -   Big Black" Boykin, half of MTV's "Rob & Big" duo, died on 5/8/2017, his rep confirmed to Variety. He was 45. No official cause of death yet, but multiple people connected to Chris tell us they believe it was a heart attack.
Cuba Gooding Sr. -   was found dead in a parked vehicle in California Thursday afternoon. 4/20/17. Gooding was reportedly slumped over in his silver Jaguar, which was parked on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills. The fire department attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.
Linda Hopkins -   whose soaring, gospel-rooted voice was heard on Broadway in the 1970s in “Inner City” and the one-woman show “Me and Bessie,” and in the 1980s in the long-running revue “Black and Blue,” died 4/10/17 in Milwaukee. She was 92.
Charlie Murphy -   the older brother of Eddie Murphy, a Chappelle's Show star and an accomplished comedian in his own right, died 4/12/17 in New York City. He was 57. Murphy's cause of death was leukemia.
Lonnie Brooks -   whose relationship with his adopted home was cemented by his hit recording of Robert Johnson's "Sweet Home Chicago," died at age 83.
Chuck Berry -   whose rollicking songs, springy guitar riffs and onstage duck walk defined rock & roll during its early years and for decades to come, died on March 18th. Berry was 90 years old.
Derek Walcott -   The literary world has lost one of its lions. Sir Derek Walcott, the Nobel Prize winning poet and playwright has passed away. He was 87.
Auntie Fee -   Viral internet sensation Auntie Fee has passed away after spending three days on life support. The video cook's March 14 heart attack led to her untimely death.
Walter "Junie" Morrison -   was a musician and record producer. He was a member of the Ohio Players in the early 1970s, and later became the musical director of P-Funk (Parliament-Funkadelic). Morrison died on January 21, 2017, at the age of 62.
Joni Sledge -  Singer Joni Sledge, founding member of the iconic musical group Sister Sledge, has passed away. According to a statement released by the group’s reps, Sledge was found unresponsive at her home in Phoenix, Arizona on March 10 and was later pronounced dead. She was 60.
Leon Ware -  renowned songwriter, producer and singer who penned hits for artists like Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones, died at 77 on 2/23/17.
Clyde Stubblefield -  James Brown's 'Funky Drummer' Clyde Stubblefield, who created famous drum break that was sampled on over 1,000 songs, dies at 73 on 2/18/2017. He had been suffering from kidney disease for 10 years.
Al Jarreau -  Just days after announcing that he was retiring from touring after being hospitalized for exhaustion, legendary jazz singer Al Jarreau passed away 2/12/17 Sunday morning in Los Angeles.
Eddie Long, -  the embattled pastor of Georgia megachurch, New Birth Missionary Baptist, has died from an “aggressive form of cancer” 1/15/17 according to the church. He was 63 years old.

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