Don't Be Caught Dead Without This Tips and Guidance for End of Life Planning

Don’t Be Caught Dead Without What?

By Steve Byrne

Building Final Roadmap® has been a labor of love, years in the making. Working in healthcare for over three decades Kerry Shannon, our cofounder, witnessed firsthand many of the challenges around dying in America today. Convinced that most issues arising at end of life can be prevented or alleviated with planning, we set out to create a better way. While studying for her master’s degree in bioethics at Loyola Medical School to help formulate the content of Final Roadmap®, Kerry stated, only partly in jest, “I hope no one gets caught dead without this”. As this produced a good chuckle from many, we decided this would be the name of our blog and newsletter.

This is an auspicious time in the end of life arena. Daily we learn about the deaths of renowned public figures from the ‘Greatest Generation’. Baby Boomers are considering their mortality through Celebrations of Life, Death Cafes, and alternatives to traditional burial. The media is giving more attention to the importance of end of life planning. Finally (no pun intended) talking about dying is losing its stigma and discussing death is no longer taboo.

At Final Roadmap® we try to help you to think about what you want for yourself. I hope you find the following thoughts helpful.


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Tips for End of Life Planning

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Final Messages to Loved Ones

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End of Life Preparation

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Funeral Pre Planning Services

Funeral Preparation

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