Planning a funeral (your own or a loved one) can be a difficult, challenging time.

    We have assembled a host of articles to help you through the process.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!

  • 6 FAQs About Choosing a Life Insurance Beneficiary

    By WHN’s Guest Columnist, M. Bryan Freeman If you own assets, from bank accounts to life insurance, it’s important that you choose a beneficiary. A beneficiary is the person or entity who receives your assets or the proceeds of your assets (like the “death benefit” from your life insurance) after you die. Why Do You Need a […]

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  • 6 Areas to Cover About Life Insurance

    Not sure if you need life insurance — or have it but not sure it’s enough? Review the questions in these six areas (you can add more to fit your situation) with your agent to help you make a decision. Something in your policy that puzzles you? Ask about it! You can also request a verbal […]

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  • 10 FAQs About Life Insurance and Healthcare Costs

    By WHN’s Guest Columnist, M. Bryan Freeman If you or someone you care about has been diagnosed with a serious illness, you may have already discovered that dealing with actual health issues is just part of the individual puzzle you must reassess and reassemble. Financial challenges frequently accompany serious illness. A life settlement is an option […]

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  • 2 Steps to Preparing an Obituary

    An obituary includes a biographical outline and possibly a picture of the deceased. As early as possible, begin compiling the information for the obituary. Friends and family can help write this. The following list is a guide rather than a requirement. WHN TIP – Funeral Home Assistance? Some funeral homes will handle placing obituaries and notices […]

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  • 3 FAQs About Military Funeral Honors

    Military Funeral Honors are provided whenever possible. The law mandates the rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran if requested by the family. As provided by law, an honor guard detail for the burial of an eligible veteran includes: No less than two members of the Armed Forces One member of the detail shall […]

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  • Planning a Funeral: 4 Ideas for Memorial Donations

    Families often want to set up memorial funds so money can be donated in memory of their loved one. If you are considering this, and are wondering where money can be donated, here are a few ideas to get you started: The unit where your loved one died The hospital where your loved one died Housing or […]

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  • Planning a Funeral: 3 Common Questions

    Planning a funeral is a stressful time. Here are three typical questions that may arise, with advice from and WHN TIP – People to Call: With the stress and grief, it can be easy to overlook people to notify when a loved one has died. Download our Loss of a Loved One Contact List to ensure no […]

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  • 4 Tips for Disbursing Family Heirlooms

    What happens to possessions after the owner has passed on? Family members might battle over Mom’s emerald earrings, Dad’s golf clubs or even Grandma’s yellow pie plate. “It’s harder to divide possessions equally among family members,” says Marlene Stum, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. “You just can’t. Items are […]

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  • 2 Estate and Inheritance Tax Terms: What They Mean

    These are simple, starter definitions for estate and inheritance taxes. Check with your financial advisor before doing anything. Estate Tax The Estate Tax is a transfer tax, which taxes the amount of wealth transferred by a decedent at the time of his or her death. The IRS states that ‘”The laws on Estate and Gift Taxes […]

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  • 2 Types of Organ/Body Donation

    If your loved one requested organ donation or that his or her body be donated to a medical school, here are some things for consideration: Total body donation This is an option, but not if you choose to be an organ and tissue donor. Body donation to medical teaching facilities can take place immediately or after […]

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