2013 October 29 by Jennifer Nelson Williams
No one wants to have that difficult conversation about dying, but it needs to be done. Writing a will and making your wishes known to your loved ones will go a long way in helping them during their grief. This isn’t always an easy task, but it is necessary if you want your wishes to be honored and your family’s burden at the time of your passing to be lighter. One way in which you can prepare your family is by making a file of your final wishes. Once your family knows there is a plan in place, they can feel less anxious about honoring your memory.
A final wishes file should contain copies of your pre-arranged funeral or cremation arrangements. Sometimes it can be difficult to have a discussion with your family about the details of your final arrangements. They may not be ready to accept that you ailing, or they may just not want to talk about dying in general. A helpful solution is to make pre-arrangements with your chosen funeral home. The funeral director has experience in guiding you through the planning process and can make suggestions when needed. Not only will they gather all your information together in one place so that your family isn’t scrambling to find it, they will record all your wishes and keep copies of your obituary or other pre-selections (ex. songs you wish to have played at your funeral). In addition, you can pre-pay for the arrangements and give your family complete peace of mind.
Another important aspect to consider is your assets. A lawyer can assist you in making a will, which should be included in your final wishes file. Most people think of assets in terms of the china they received as a wedding gift or the car parked in the garage, but assets are more complex than that. Life insurance policies, bank accounts, deeds, titles, etc. should all be listed in your file to help your family change ownership. As we become a more digital society, some of our assets are now digital as well. We found this helpful article which explains in more detail what digital assets are, and how death can affect them.
That difficult conversation with your loved ones can be easier, if you create a plan for them to follow.
2013 May 7 by Jennifer Nelson Williams
We are pleased to announce that Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary has invited the students at Zionsville Middle School and Zionsville West Middle School to participate in an art contest in tribute to Memorial Day!
The deadline for art submissions is May 17, 2013. We will be recognizing the top three pieces with monetary gifts at a reception on May 22, 2013 in Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary, 11411 North Michigan Road. All students, families, educators, and community members are invited to join the artists in this fun event.
The art will be on display the month of June for the community to enjoy! Please stop by and enjoy the thoughtful artwork of local middle school students commemorating Memorial Day!
Click here for more information: Memorial Day Art Competition
2013 March 21 by Jennifer Nelson Williams
Aaron Ruben Nelson is proud to announce that we’ve joined the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). We’re looking forward to networking with other women-owned businesses in the city.
2013 March 5 by Jennifer Nelson Williams
The strangest requests… Tales of funeral service
As I sit with a family during an arrangement conference there are always lots of questions. Often, after a bit of hesitation someone will start a question this way: “I’m sure this will be the strangest request you have ever had …”
I always reassure them that over the years, we have had many special requests to personalize the funeral service. We do not see any request as odd. I know that these questions and requests generally stem from one of two things: The love of their family member and a desire to honor the person; or from fear of death and the unknown. Continue reading »