1. 080. The Love Always Project: Your final gift to a family well-loved 33:15

Planning a funeral may not be the most fun topic to bring up, but it’s such an important gift for your loved ones. Having a plan helps take care of those who live on after you die, and that generous labor of love is the focus of The Love Always Project.

Dean Lambert founded Love Always with a team of experienced subject-matter experts after 30 years of working alongside funeral professionals. The goal is to encourage people at a grassroots level to think more positively and proactively about end-of-life. Members get a treasure trove of content to help them think through arranging their funerals ahead of time.

With Dean as a guest, you’ll learn about:

– The Love Always Project and the inspiration for its creation

– End-of-life planning trends: Average age / costs, cremation vs. burial, and more

– Different financial and logistical considerations

– And more

Having a plan helps eliminate stress for your loved ones to grieve when it’s your time to go. Knowledge is the first step to helping them.

Takeaways from this episode:

– Often the trigger for people to think about funerals is when someone they know has passed.

– You’re doing the right thing when you discuss end-of-life plans and to encourage your loved ones to talk about it. This helps everyone get on the same page and avoid conflict after death.

– Your brain cannot function normally while grieving, and funerals can average around $5,500 – $6,000. That’s why it’s helpful to know loved ones’ plans ahead of time.

– Look into final expense insurance, trust products and products funeral directors offer to offset inflation. Once you have a plan, let people know as if it were an Advanced Directive or will.

– Cremation is becoming increasingly popular because of the lower price and different options for handling remains.

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Visit Lovealwaysproject.org

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Topics discussed:

– Funeral planning

– The Love Always Project

– Cremation vs. burial

– Preparing financially for funerals

– Funeral stats

– Considerations for funeral planning

Lori Williams Senior Living Expert & Host of the Podcast, Aging in Style

Owner/Founder of Lori Williams - Senior Services. I’ve worked in senior living for over 16 years. My passion for learning all I could about aging, dementia and resources for older adults was inspired by my grandmother who was diagnosed with dementia in 1994. I am also the creator and host of the podcast, Aging in Style. The purpose of the podcast is to educate on all things senior related and to share stories of inspirational seniors.

I have a degree in Marketing from LSU, and I am a Certified Senior Advisor and a Certified Dementia Practitioner.