Many people either bury their pet or have it cremated and keep the ashes on a shelf in their home. However, if you like extravagant gestures and have recently lost a pet, we’ve found something that might interest you. Celestis Pets advertises “the most unique pet memorial service in the universe” and it certainly sounds like it. The company offers memorial space flights for your pet’s ashes. You can choose to just send them to space and back for less than $1,000, send them around the earth with an orbit voyage for about $5,000 or, if you feel very extravagant, send them into deep space or to the moon for $12,500. For more information about people as well as pets, check out our website www.diesmart.com.
Most people don’t like to think about what will happen if they’re in an accident or come down with a catastrophic illness. They don’t decide who they want to speak for them if they are unable to communicate their wishes themselves. They don’t tell anyone what kind of care they want….or don’t want. Once they are hurt or incapacitated, it may be too late.
These are three reasons why you need a living will and a healthcare power of attorney:
1) You name the person you want to speak for you when you can’t. It should be someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf and to carry out your wishes.
2) You decide whether you want heroic measures performed to prolong your life if there’s no chance of recovery.
3) You outline the type of treatment you want to receive.
If you don’t have these documents, a relative you don’t know very well and don’t trust or possibly the courts will speak for you and decide what will happen.
For example, they may decide to put you on life support and prolong your life even though there is no chance of recovery and you may not have wanted heroic measures. They may choose to perform a surgical procedure that you don’t want or they may decide to do something that is against your religious beliefs.
A living will enables you to describe the kind of care you want.
A healthcare power of attorney (It may be called something else in your state or it may be combined with a living will) allows you to name the person you want to be your healthcare agent who can speak for you when you can’t.
Unfortunately, a life threatening accident or a catastrophic illness can occur at any time. There’s no age that is exempt. Think of Terri Schiavo. She was a 26 year-old that had a tragic fall, went into a coma and remained alive, hooked up to a feeding tube, in a vegetative state for more than 15 years because her husband and her parents couldn’t agree on her treatment and she hadn’t legally stated her wishes.
Don’t let others decide for you. If you don’t have a living will and a healthcare power of attorney, get them drawn up right away so your wishes will be carried out and you will be able to speak for yourself….even when you really can’t.
For more information on this important subject, go to www.diesmart.com.
If you’re a member of a casino loyalty program, there may be a great deal of money or comps in your account. When you die, does the account die with you?
An article by Mr. A.C. Casino explains that every Atlantic City casino handles the transaction differently. For example, Bally’s, Caesars, Harrah’s Resort and Showboat Casino-Hotel will transfer any reward credit balance to a surviving spouse or domestic partner. That spouse or partner will have to provide your reward’s card, your personal identification and proof of your death. Any reward credits will still expire on their preset expiration date; it will not be extended.
Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has a similar policy but all of their comp dollars expire six months after they are earned.
The Tropicana Casino and Resort also has a similar policy but spouses need to link their accounts. Once that’s done, with proper documentation, any remaining dollar balance will be transferred to the surviving spouse’s account.
Golden Nugget, Resorts Casino Hotel, Revel Casino Hotel, Trump Plaza and Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort consider the account closed when someone dies and the balance in not transferable.
If you don’t know what the policy is for your casino of choice, and you maintain a high balance in your loyalty account, you might want to contact that casino and ask. Don’t leave money on the table if you can avoid it.
And be sure to keep your loyalty card account number, PIN and casino host’s name and contact information with your access codes in a place where your spouse or next of kin can find them.
For more information about estate planning or keeping track of your assets, go to www.diesmart.com.
The Virginia legislature recently amended state burial law to allow cemeteries to provide designated spaces for burying pets in caskets next to their owners.
Prior to passage of the new law, cremated remains of a pet could be buried in the casket with the deceased or the body could be interred in a pet cemetery adjacent to one for humans. An example cited in an article in the Martinsville Bulletin prior to passage of the new law is Noah’s Ark, a pet cemetery, that is adjacent to National Memorial Park Cemetery in Falls Church, VA.
The new measure is intended to help people who think of their pets as family members and who want them buried with them. The law specifies that pets and owners cannot share the same grave, crypt or niche and the pet section of the cemetery has to be clearly marked.
Now that the measure has passed, a couple can buy three adjacent plots – one for each of them and the one in the center for their beloved pet.
A few years ago, the New York legislature passed a law allowing humans to be buried in pet cemeteries along with their pets. However, pets still cannot be buried in cemeteries intended for humans.
Burial of a pet with its owner after death is a topic that has spurred a lot of discussion and emotions but very few states up to now have tried to deal with this issue.
For more information about end of life planning, go to www.diesmart.com.
Facebook recently announced that they have changed their rules related to memorializing the account of a deceased person. In the past, Facebook determined who could see that memorialized page. Now, the changed rule says that the memorialized page can be seen by the same people as were able to see the page of the living person. In other words, the decisions made by that person will be honored after his or her death.
Once the account has been memorialized, there can be no modifications to the site. No friends can be added or deleted, no photos can be modified and no content that was posted by the site owner can be removed. However, if the privacy settings set up by the deceased allow this, friends may be able to share memories on the memorialized timeline. And anyone can send private messages to the deceased person. Why someone would want to do this, I don’t know. However, it is now allowed.
If you wish to memorialize a loved one’s Facebook page, the place to get started is with the request for memorialization form. You will be asked for a link to the deceased’s Facebook page. You will also be asked your relationship to that person, his or her year of death and proof of that death, i.e. a link to an obituary or news article.
Once Facebook has reviewed and approved the submission, the page will be memorialized.
To read more about social media accounts of the deceased, go to www.diesmart.com.