Planning for Life

10 Resources to Make Your Children's Lives Easier

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on December 1, 2020

By Harry S. Margolis


The process of aging is almost as inevitable as death and taxes. You can help your children with all three—your aging, death, and taxes—by getting organized and planning ahead. There are a number of online and paper resources to help you and them in doing so. Here are 10 of them:

  1. Started by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman and now run by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The Conversation Project provides many tools for families to discuss end-of-life wishes.
  2. Like The Conversation Project, Engage With Grace focuses on communicating end-of-life wishes, but streamlines the discussion to five questions which it presents on a single PowerPoint slide.

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Topics: end-of-life

What are Your End-of-Life Wishes?

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on November 17, 2020

By Harry S. Margolis

end-of-life-wishes-nursing-home-elder-law-attorney-Wellesley-MA-02481End-of-life planning can get complicated and overwhelming because it has so many facets. There's estate planning to make sure your savings and other assets go to the people you want with as little trouble and cost as possible. And there's health care planning to make sure you get the care you want and not the care you don't want. With both, your planning can be as bare bones or as detailed as you choose.

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Topics: end-of-life, ethical will, funeral plan

New End-of-Life Resource in Massachusetts

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on July 10, 2018

By Harry S. Margolis


A new website offers information and resources for individuals and families facing end-of-life challenges. It is designed as both a destination itself with answers to questions about end-of-life topics and as a directory of services in the community. The website,, grew out of the work of the Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care and the Massachusetts Experts Panel on End of Life Care, which in 2014 came out with the report, Looking Forward: 2014 and Beyond

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Topics: end-of-life, caregiving, health-care decision making, Caregivers

Cure vs. Care: The Whacked Out World of Medicare Reimbursement

Posted by Harry S. Margolis on December 31, 2013

By Harry S. Margolis

The other day, on Diane Rehm's National Public Radio program, Katy Butler, author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death, described how caring for her father after a severe stroke essentially killed her mother. It sounded like part of this had to do with her mother's unwillingness to accept help. But a large part of it has to do with a Medicare system and medical establishment whose whole focus is on curing patients, rather than caring for them.

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Topics: Medicare, end-of-life

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