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Funeral home holds estate planning sessions

Seminar aims to educate before it's too late

By: Amy Crofts

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014 06:00 am

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To Register

Thursday, May 1
Two Sessions: 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.
Chateau Louis Conference Centre
11727 Kingsway Ave., Edmonton
Call 780-422-2222 or register online:
Seating is limited

Two free information sessions by St. Albert’s Connelly-McKinley funeral home intend to help people get prepared – before their death, or the death of a loved one.

The estate planning seminars will be held at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre in Edmonton on Thursday.

Topics will range from cremation to funeral plans, wills, probate and executor duties, says Marq Jeffrey, a family service consultant.

“It’s about being informed about the issues executors and survivors are left with when people make no plans – no will, an outdated will, or they’re not informed.”

The comprehensive workshops will last one-and-a-half to two hours, with a question and answer period to follow.

Speakers will include an estate planning attorney and a grief recovery specialist.

This is the first comprehensive seminar held by Connelly-McKinley explains Jeffrey, as prior public information sessions only included funeral home staff, a financial planner or an attorney.

The new sessions grew out of the funeral home’s after-care program which provides families with the service of an after-care counsellor after the funeral.

“We’re really focusing on the executors because … what we’re seeing is that families aren’t prepared,” says Jeffrey.

“People tend to say ‘I’ll leave it for someone else. I’m not going to be here, so why does it matter?’”

The sessions are open to executors and those who have executors.

Jeffrey hopes the sessions will make the transition easier for families after a loved one’s death.

“The grieving process will hopefully not be as hard, with the anger and frustration and stress of not having everything there done for you.”

More than 130 people have registered so far.

“We look after our families all of our lives, why would we let them down now?” added Jeffrey.


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