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When the Unthinkable Happens

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Give assurances that everyone’s needs will be considered and, hopefully, met.

• Establish the budget before spending any money.

• Inform those needing financial assistance that,
hopefully, they can be reimbursed for their expenses (but no promises!)

• Be cautious how any Trust Fund for the surviving family is worded. There is a difference between a fund for the "Spouse and Children" and "Spouse and Minor Children." (Adult children are often glad to share thousands of dollars with their minor siblings, usually from a second marriage.)

After the planning begins and a comprehensive picture begins to form of all the events, activities, services, ceremonies, logistical needs, and related expenses, then the word "yes" may be cautiously used.


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