Swedish Death Cleaning: A New Take on Decluttering
Swedish Death Cleaning. Sounds a little sinister, doesn't it? As it turns out, it's a long-term, practical approach to decluttering. In my article "The Quandary of Inherited Heirlooms," I discussed how the burden of disposing of parental possessions has the younger generation in a state of angst, and the older generation in a... »
Does Death Get Less Scary As It Gets Closer?
The fear of death is both rational and reasonable--and sometimes even extreme. Death anxiety is an actual psychological condition. But a study at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill--interestingly spurred by the last words of death row inmates--discovered that the closer one gets to death, the more positive... »
Ask Alison FAQ: What Happens to My Digital Data When I Die?
Ask Alisonby Alison Arden Besunder, Esq.  Q: I have all these digital online accounts, between my Apple ID and music, e-books, my Facebook account, and Picasa. What happens to all of that data when I am disabled or die? Digitally Yours, Tribeca  A: Digitally Yours:  This is a great question, one that... »
Why We Take Celebrity Deaths Personally
In these times of terror, violence, and the rebellion of our planet, it is certainly understandable why we, as a society, are taking these tragedies personally. They threaten our feeling of safety and security for ourselves and our loved ones, breeding empathy for the families who have experienced direct... »
Channeling Grief: Here's What the Dead Are Saying
New York's own Theresa Caputo claims to communicate with the dead, and on her reality TV show Long Island Medium, she has performed private and group readings to channel the words of the deceased to those grieving their loss. The recurring theme? They want us to learn to heal and carry... »
Had It With Your Profession? Find Out What the Polar Opposite Would Be With This Generator
It's a Friday, everybody's just back from summer vacation, you're feeling buried in demands, and the weekend can't come quickly enough--that is, if you don't have to work through it. Sound familiar? Sometimes we can't help thinking "if only" we'd gone into another profession. One that wasn't wrought with... »
Life is Short. Drink Scotch Whiskey.
North Korea.  Harvey.  Irma.  The Middle East.  Your daily subway commute.  Dan Rather recently posted to his Facebook page a reminder that sometimes pausing to enjoy life’s simple pleasures helps us cope. His preferred method is enjoying a glass of whiskey (which he takes neat with a water chaser).  Rather... »
The Quandary of Inherited Heirlooms: Start the Discussion Now
Back in our parents' days, picking out your set of good china was a foregone conclusion. Many of our generation took a pass, and millennials may not even own plates; forget the china. It's a struggle as aging people downsize to get rid of the things they hold as... »
Always Go to the Funeral--What it Means in Everyday Life
NPR's All Things Considered recently addressed a topic that can be a struggle for many--going to a funeral. Deirdre Sullivan's father taught her that you always attend a funeral, even if you don't want to, for the sake of the family. While it may be an uncomfortable hour of your... »
A Clear Will Doesn't Always Avoid a Family Feud, But Communication Can
An organized estate plan is one of the biggest gifts you can give to your family--but just having it in order isn't enough. Communicating your intentions to your children, spouse, and other beneficiaries--OR to any of these parties that would expect to have a claim but you have chosen to... »
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