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Contact me for: Aurora Casket is the largest privately-owned funeral service supplier in America. Founded in 1890, the company operates five manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and provides a full range of burial, cremation, memorial and technology products to funeral home clients.

Marty Strohofer is Director of Marketing and Product Development for Aurora Casket Company. Marty consults with funeral homes nationwide to help them better connect with their families, from implementing websites to small business marketing strategy. He is a frequent presenter at conferences for organizations like the National Funeral Directors Association and Order of the Golden Rule. Marty is a 1994 graduate of the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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Estate Planning

Choose the right casket for your loved one when planning the funeral
The purpose of a funeral is to celebrate a life well-lived. Choosing the right casket is just part of the funeral experience, but it can be one of the most overwhelming given the sheer number of optio...

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Death of a Spouse

Advice for surviving the death of a spouse or partner at a young age
The journey of young widowhood is not easy. However, there are many healthy ways to cope with your loss that will help you move through it and even uplift you. Reach for support when you need it, spea...
Learn to accept and embrace the death of a loved one
Can you recall all the love, intellect, caring, humor and other positive qualities of your departed loved one? All that continues on beyond bodily death! That’s the great news that will help you get...
Advice on helping a loved one through the first year of grieving
Supporting a loved one through their grief journey can be challenging. You might feel a bit lost at times and unsure about how to best offer support. There are many tips and tools that can help you as...
The death of a spouse: Rebuilding your life after the first year
The second year after the loss of a spouse is a time of change. Grieving takes second place to refiguring and rebuilding your life. This is a time to not only reclaim your life and refocus on a new, s...
Live, love and laugh again after the loss of a loved one
At first it’s hard to make the transition to a new ‘you’. It requires not feeling guilty for smiling again, laughing again….to face your fears head-on by taking risks again. Above all else, th...
Take care of yourself emotionally after a loved one dies
Coping techniques may help you emotionally after someone dies. Help yourself by learning to identify what normal grief reactions are and then utilize the coping techniques that best work for you. If y...

Coping with Death and Grief

Cope with grief in a culture that tends to not honor bereavement
Perhaps you’ve already noticed, the most important thing we need to do when we’re grieving is to love ourselves deeply. This is easier for some and not as easy for others. If we already know ourse...
Learn how to cope when a loved one commits suicide
I hope that this discussion of an admittedly difficult topic helps. Perhaps the best reaction to suicide is re-dedicating our lives to creating a better world in which those who are suffering so have ...
Use memories of the person you lost to help you grieve
There are many ways to use your memories to help yourself through the loss of a loved one. You can enjoy thinking about the happy memories, and you do not have to stay angry, sad, or have regrets. Goi...
Participating in a grief support group can benefit your well-being
Groups that are created to support and provide community for those dealing with grief make an important impact. There is one constant in the journey of someone who has lost a loved one: something big ...
Grieving is normal, but it's vital to do so in a healthy way
While grief is often described as a “process,” the truth is the process is never the same for anyone. Just as our interpersonal relationships with friends and family are different and ever-changin...
How to explain death and terminal illness to your loved ones
Knowing how to start this important conversation and what to say and what not to say can help ease your own fear and anxiety during this time. Odds are you are also grieving over this diagnosis or los...
How to respond to a friend when their loved one has passed
While you may feel awkward in knowing how to respond when a friend loses a loved one, this is a time when you can show your support and true friendship. Ignoring the death is the wrong reaction. Keep ...

Caring for Aging Parents

Advice for elderly families in transition
Having parents or elders age forces conversations between parents and children around elder’s wishes on housing, care and end of life directives. These can be uncomfortable conversations but are nec...
Help your elderly parent maintain independence with good communication
Many of these suggestions are common themes in successful communication between adults. Mutual respect and courtesy is a must, and developing new skills, along with practice, is a constant. The reward...
Get help caring for an elderly parent with this expert advice
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Get long-term care that is the right fit for your elderly parent
Finding long term care for your loved ones is not something to be taken lightly. There are many options and it’s important to know the wishes of your loved ones and to be informed about the differen...
Discussing difficult life issues with aging family members
Talking with aging family members about difficult life issues is not easy. But mapping out the conversation ahead of time and avoiding major pitfalls can make important family discussions more positiv...
Managing the stress often associated with family caregiving
Reaching out for love and support can be a sure-fire way of sustaining yourself as a caregiver and the well-being of your loved one. When done mindfully, respecting your own needs and preferences, as ...
Minimize the holiday blues for seniors suffering from depression
As a caregiver or family member of a depressed older person, make it your responsibility to get involved. You can make a significant difference and remove or lessen the holiday blues for seniors suffe...
Talk openly by starting a care conversation with aging parents
After conversing with a loved one’s doctor or care provider and determining what type of care center is most appropriate, a family can explore options within their community that fits their budget a...
Preserve the dignity of your elderly parents by caring for their needs
Together we can work toward making a difference in the overall well-being and preservation of dignity of the elders in our communities, who, indeed, are deserving of our care and respect. Help your el...
Navigating the challenges of becoming a caregiver to aging parents
Caring for aging or sick parents can bring rewards, but it also comes with challenges. Take the steps to assist your parents in getting their legal documents in order before caregiving becomes require...
Advice for seniors moving to a smaller home or retirement community
Move while you are the one in charge. If you put in the work up front, during the planning and sorting phase, your move will be much smoother. Let experienced movers, such as Senior Move Managers, ass...
Advice for managing the depression of your aging loved ones
Depression is the most common mental illness affecting seniors, and the signs should not be ignored. In fact, the elderly have the highest rate of suicide out of all age groups. While today’s treatm...
How to best approach your parent on moving into a nursing home
Responding to the needs of aging parents is a difficult and emotional process for everyone. Adult children need to communicate clearly and directly with the parent while being respectful and caring. A...
How to find a good home care agency and stay in your home
Mom and dad have made the decision to stay at home instead of moving to a assisted living facility. You know that in order for them to be safe and comfortable they are going to need assistance. Home C...
Loved ones can help seniors though the progression of Alzheimer's
Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, and the disease has an impact on the entire family. While adult children become caregivers for aging parents, young children and teens need support...
How to ensure the safety of your aging parents behind the wheel
Aging does not necessarily mean a person's driving days are over. However, it is vital to ensure the safety of your loved ones on the road. This begins with learning more about how to detect problems,...
Maximize rewards and minimize stress when caring for aging parents
Having parents age and fail is unsettling emotionally and disruptive in many other ways. Caregiving can be extremely taxing and very tricky to navigate, but it can be deeply rewarding. A major key to ...
How to help and support your aging parents as they grow older
Keeping these simple guidelines in mind will not only help improve the relationship you have with your parents, but it will also ease the stress that invariably accompanies changing roles. We all want...

Loss of a Child

Creatively coping with the loss of a baby is essential for healing
Losing a baby is one of the most difficult losses that anyone can experience. It is incredibly painful and life-transforming. However, it is important to know that you are not alone and that it is pos...
How can parents manage their grief after the death of a child?
Living after your child has died is difficult at best. The journey through grief is necessary, but there are no maps to get you through to the other side. Hopefully, these suggestions will help start ...
Healing after the loss of your child: Expert advice for parents
Parents who lose their children are survivors. Each parent will travel their own unique path through healing. It is a lonely and arduous journey of losing yourself, losing your child and losing your i...
Learn how to live after loss and cope with the death of a child
The death of a child is an earth-shattering, life-altering event that no parent ever wants to experience. The pain and devastation bereaved parents feel is often overwhelming. Nevertheless, bereaved p...

Estate Planning

Planning your funeral service in advance gives you peace of mind
Beginning the pre-planning process presents several choices to consider. A good start is by searching online for a funeral service that suits your needs. Simply making an appointment at a funeral home...
Advice for selecting the right estate planner for your situation
Like any other professional engagement, the biggest problem is often finding the one you are comfortable with and who possesses the skill and knowledge to address your situation properly. The list of ...
Having a baby? Create an estate plan to protect your family
Don’t feel that setting up an estate plan when preparing for a baby is one more burdensome item on your list. Embrace the moment but think about how you’ll want your spouse and new addition taken ...
Create a well-designed estate plan for you and your family
There are many shapes and sizes of estate plans, from basic to very complex. Finding the one that is right for you takes some thought and planning, but is not that difficult to do. Approach the proble...
A well-rounded estate plan will help protect your family
Compile and evaluate all of your assets and think about how you’d want them safeguarded after you’re gone. Think about how you’d like your spouse and kids cared for. Finally, consult with an att...
Receive an inheritance recently? Here is expert financial advice
Receiving an inheritance leaves most people feeling overwhelmed and confused. Figuring out how to manage it can be financially and emotionally draining on something that should be a real blessing. Pla...
No family to pass your assets to? Advice for creating an estate plan
An estate plan is a personal thing, so make sure your assets go where you would like them to after you’re gone. Trusting those who are put in charge of caring for those assets is important and you s...
Plan your funeral service and ensure your wishes are fulfilled
Funerals are meant to provide ceremony around the loss of a loved one, which will help those left behind to grieve. Grief is a complicated and difficult emotion, so helping families walk the path of g...
Choose the right casket for your loved one when planning the funeral
The purpose of a funeral is to celebrate a life well-lived. Choosing the right casket is just part of the funeral experience, but it can be one of the most overwhelming given the sheer number of optio...
Advice for choosing a qualified estate planner
Creating a legacy for your family is important. If you want a will or trust that will ensure that the wealth you have created is passed to the people you want, they way you want, with the least cost a...
Save your family the time and stress of probate with your estate
Taking the time to understand your options and to set up non-probate options such as revocable trusts, TOD accounts, or lifetime gifts can protect your privacy, simplify your estate administration, an...
Create an estate plan that works for you and your beneficiaries
Planning and creating a will is an important step in your life, and it is not one that should be taken lightly. However, it does not have to be daunting or depressing. It can be an assurance that your...
Financial steps you must take immediately on the death of a spouse
The next few months (and years) will be a transition period in many different areas, including your finances. Get organized and recruit professionals, family and friends to help. Tackle the time sensi...
A new baby is good reason to review and update your estate plan
These are a few general do’s and don’ts for a new parent to consider, but certainly not a complete list. Consult with experienced professionals for guidance in how to make the best plan possible. ...
What every young mom needs to know about wills and estate planning
So once you have completed your estate plan, give yourself kudos! You have done what so many people fail to do—even the rich and famous. As you begin to work on your estate plan, make sure that it i...

Wills and Estates

Helping you through probate
Probate can be a complex process depending upon the amount and value of the assets in the estate, the debts owed and the number of people involved. It is important that you know what to do and what no...
Things to consider with a power of attorney
A power of attorney utilized by the right person in the right situation(s) is a very helpful and effective tool. Unfortunately, many people sign a power of attorney without proper guidance from an att...
What’s the difference between a will and a living trust?
There are many factors that go into deciding whether your family is best served by a will-based estate plan or a living trust. Making the right decision can save money, hassle, and heartache. Like mos...
Should I leave assets outright or in a trust?
Leaving assets to heirs can be a tall task for people. There are often numerous considerations that need to be addressed, including whether to leave assets in trust or whether to leave those assets ou...
Evaluate elder’s competency to protect their health and finances
A competency evaluation team includes medical professionals and clinical psychologists who evaluate a person's cognitive functioning, memory capacity and reasoning capability. These factors are import...
A revocable living trust will protect your assets and avoid probate
Though setting up a living trust may seem complicated compared with a will, ultimately it may provide you and your loved ones with more options when it comes to planning for the future. Because estate...
Create a postnuptial agreement to protect your financial future
When bringing up the topic of getting a postnup, always remember that this is a financial plan for your future; to protect the finances you and your spouse have acquired since being married. Always ma...
Create a written will to protect loved ones and give you peace of mind
Writing a will is an emotionally fraught issue. For many people, making sure their relatives and loved ones are taken care in the event of their demise is essential. Though there are myriad issues and...
Expert advice on deciding if a prenup is right for you
A prenup is what you make it. It can be simple, straightforward and equally protect both parties. It can be used simply as a planning tool to expedite a divorce, or it can be used to protect only one ...
Ensure your pets are taken care of in your estate plan and will
Determining what should happen to your pets if you become unable to take care of them is an important and often overlooked part of estate planning. If you think of your pets as members of your family,...
A will helps control the distribution of your estate after death
Even if you desire to leave all of your property to those who would be considered your “heirs at law,” a simple self-proving will appointing an independent executor will streamline the probate pro...
Newlyweds should prepare a will and discuss estate planning
This article discusses some of the most important estate planning issues to be concerned with for newlyweds. If you need further help, you should contact an estate planner or an attorney who is experi...
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