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Funeral planning is gift to family

Marcy Sugar and Kathy Mitchell Creators Syndicate

Dear Annie: “C.B. in New Hampshire” said people should write down their plans for their own funerals and not leave family members guessing. When my husband passed away, I was fortunate that our insurance covered his expenses. I didn’t want my daughters to worry about me when my time comes. I had a CD that would cover my expenses. We went to the funeral home, and the director called the bank and had the CD turned over to an irreversible trust fund. It will accrue interest, and after all expenses are paid, any money left over will go to my daughters. Additionally, all of the decisions are made, from the vault to the obituary.

For anyone who can pre-plan and pre-pay for their funeral, it’s a great idea. My girls said it was the best present I ever gave them. – Planning Ahead

Dear Planning: Such pre-arranged plans give children peace of mind. We wish more people would be willing to address this issue ahead of time.

Please email your questions to anniesmailbox@, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254.
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