Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Promession reshapes, dries and allows the body to be cared for by the soil. It offers a very natural connection with nature and a more appealing way to consider death.mponent from the corpse.
Within a week and a half after death, the body is frozen to -18 degrees Celsius and then submerged in liquid nitrogen, a substance that Promessa Organic claims does not cause any environmental harm.
The body now very brittle is then treated to vibrations of specific amplitude that reduce the corpse to a fine organic powder, both hygienic and odourless. It finally is laid in a biodegradable container made of cornstarch.
“The remains are buried in a shallow grave and the living soil turns it into compost in about six to twelve months,” says Wiigh-Mäsak, who recommends planting a tree or rosebush next to the grave as a symbol of the deceased, knowing that the composted soil will support the plant’s life.
“It’s a beautiful and more joyful way to understand where the body has gone,” she says.
The entire promession is a closed and individual process, meaning that once the body is placed in the machine, or prometor, human hands do not handle the remains again.
To date, promession has been tested on the carcasses of hundreds of naturally expired pigs and cows. Wiigh-Mäsak planted roses above the containers and proclaims ‘excellent results.’
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
To help ease the pain, here are a bunch of hilarious quotes about taxes:
“The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax.”
— Albert Einstein
“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn't get worse every time Congress meets.”
— Will Rogers
“The problem is that you keep thinking about it as your money.”
— IRS auditor
“Worried about an IRS audit? Avoid what's called a red flag. That's something the IRS always looks for. For example, say you have some money left in your bank account after paying taxes. That's a red flag.”
— Jay Leno
“It's income tax time again, Americans: time to gather up those receipts, get out those tax forms, sharpen up that pencil, and stab yourself in the aorta.”
— Dave Barry
”I just filled out my income tax forms. Who says you can't get killed by a blank?”
— Milton Berle
”I'm spending a year dead for tax reasons.”
— Douglas Adams
“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
— Ronald Reagan
”If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future, don't teach him to subtract — teach him to deduct.”
— Fran Lebowitz
“If you make any money, the government shoves you in the creek once a year with it in your pockets, and all that don’t get wet you can keep.”
— Will Rogers
“Taxation with representation ain’t so hot either.”
— Gerald Barzan
“The taxpayer — that’s someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”
— Ronald Reagan
“I’m proud to pay taxes in the United States; the only thing is, I could be just as proud for half the money.”
— Arthur Godfrey
“Did you ever notice when you put the words “THE” and “IRS” together, it spells “THEIRS?!”
— Author unknown
“People who complain about taxes can be divided into two classes: men and women.”
— Author unknown
”I love America, but I can't spend the whole year here. I can't afford the taxes.”
— Mick Jagger
“Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is quite as satisfying as an income tax refund.”
— F. J. Raymond
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Many of us will have written wills, making sure that our coveted possessions are distributed according to our wishes after we die. Few of us have made plans for our own end-of-life goals of care before death. We need to talk about end-of-life care with our families, our physicians, our lawyers, our financial planners, our spiritual advisers and anyone else who can help us to plan for what happens to us as we lay dying.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
As for the disposition of the estate, who will get what? Taylor structured her will as a "revocable living trust"—which is generally a private contract between the decedent and trustees (who include, in this case, her son with second husband Michael Wilding, Christopher E. Wilding). Unless her heirs dispute the division of the estate and file a lawsuit questioning the validity of the trust, it will likely remain private.
In an email, Taylor's attorney, Paul Gordon Hoffman, wrote that as the actress "wished to keep her personal and financial situation private, I cannot confirm or deny" any matters not in the public record.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
In the past five years, four out of 10 Americans had a friend or relative suffer from a terminal illness or go into a coma. Most of them had to deal with the medical crisis along with the issue of withholding life-sustaining treatment. Unfortunately, waiting until there’s a medical emergency is often too late. At that point, many patients are unable to communicate their wishes.
There is now a web site,www.nhdd.org, where you’ll find free advance directives forms for every state, along with other resources.
Some topics are hard to talk about, but as I tell my young children, the easy approach doesn't make it the right approach.
I agree with this op ed, communicate your thoughts, do an advance directive.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
As women take on the roles of aunt, wife, mother and grandmother, they may forget about their own needs. The Friends of St. Joseph's Hospital hope to reach those women with an informational seminar on estate planning.
Three local women, all experts in their field, will present the Women's Estate Planning Seminar from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in McDonald Hall at St. Joseph's Hospital, 2661 Highway I. The presentation is free and includes a light dinner.
Estate Planning of Women is a seminar presented for women by Heather Hunt, attorney with Wiley Law, S.C.; Betsy Barnes, CPA with Wipfli, LLP; and Stacy Pickerign, director of Pederson-Volker Funeral Chapel. The women will discuss financial and estate planning, tax implications, your estate plan and end of life issues.
To attend, call St. Joseph's Hospital's Development Office at 715-717-7397 before April 20.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
You're allowed to give $13,000 a year to another person without triggering a gift tax. (And that applies to each spouse, effectively doubling the limit for a couple giving money away.) Federal rules allow you to do five years of 529 funding at once without triggering a gift tax. But changing the beneficiary of a plan is the same as giving a gift. So if the plan exceeds $65,000 when you change the beneficiary, you could end up either owing gift taxes on some of the amount transferred, or reducing the amount you could leave in a tax-free estate down the road.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The coffin's exterior is 100% British wool with six jute handles attached; the interior is lined with cotton. Each coffin also has an embroidered woolen nameplate. To keep it all natural, no dyes are used, so the coffins only come in two colors: white or brown. "There's a beauty about them; they're soft and comfortable-looking," Hainsworth says. But how biodegradable is wool? According to Hainsworth, one local farmer collects wool waste from the mill to fertilize his rhubarb fields. "It does rot down fairly well," Hainsworth says.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
A workshop on wills, taxes, and the 2011 changes that affect you and your family.
Wednesday, May 4
2707 E. Washington Avenue
Thursday, May 12
Goodman South Madison Branch
2222 S. Park Street
For more information or to RSVP contact the Foundation office.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Regardless of how much money or assets a person has, they need a last will and testament to ensure that their belongings are left to the parties they intend after death. But at times, those last words often include some unexpected details. Here are ten strange will and testaments of celebrities, inventors and heiresses who made some unusual last requests.
Monday, April 4, 2011
If you gave more than $13,000 in cash, property or gifts to anyone other than your spouse in 2010, you must report the gift on this tax return. But misunderstandings abound and many Form 709s that should be filed are missed.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Five Wishes: Prepare Your Advance Directive Now
Tuesday, April 19 Time: 1 – 3:30 p.m.Five Wishes has become America's most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness. It was developed by Aging with Dignity, a national non-profit organization with a mission to affirm and safeguard the human dignity of individuals as they age. Mother Teresa of Calcutta served as the inspirational foundation for its formation. Five Wishes helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and unable to speak for yourself. It deals with all of a person's needs: medical, personal, emotional and spiritual. During this two hour class, participants will be provided with the Five Wishes booklet and each section in it will be discussed. If participants wish to complete their booklet at this time, members of the FUS End of Life Task Force will be available to witness signatures. This is a legal document in the state of Wisconsin. Also covered in this class will be information on current trends in hospice care in Wisconsin.
Fee: $10 pledged/$15 non-pledged
Location: Courtyard ABC
Facilitators: Carol Ferguson and Lisa Shervin
Carol Ferguson is a lay minister at FUS, a nurse, and a Hospice volunteer. She is also a member of the FUS End-of-Life Task Force. Lisa Shervin is Director of Access at Hospice Care.
Five Wishes: Prepare Your Advance Directive Now, Pledged, $10
- Power of Attorney for Finance;
- Power of Attorney for Health Care;
- Beneficiary Forms;
- Instructions; and
- Important People to Contact