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End-of-life Documentation

Published: May 3, 2019

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While most people understand the significance of a will, many are unfamiliar with other types of valuable end-of-life documentation. Some of these documents are related to healthcare, such as physician orders for life-sustaining treatment or organ donor designation, and some are related to funeral arrangements.


To learn more about the end-of-life documentation Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Services can help you with, set up an appointment with Shelly or attend one of her seminars. You also can check out for more information.There is an option to specify details related to the funeral service: church affiliations, casket or urn preferences, song choices, flower choices, and even a description of the outfit an individual would like to be buried in. It also provides the opportunity to list all family members so that no one is missing in the obituary when the time comes.The final wishes organizer relieves the burden from family members by ensuring that preferences are already recorded, allowing loved ones to focus more on their journey through grief than on making decisions. A copy of it is kept at the funeral home, and families receive a copy to bring home.


During a prearrangement conference, Shelly explains each part of the documentation process and will sometimes suggest an authorization for final disposition. This is a legal document in Wisconsin that appoints someone to make funeral and burial decisions on an individual’s behalf. In addition, Helke uses National Guardian Life insurance to keep funeral funds until the time loss. Unlike life insurance, this money is protected from the state and is available immediately when a death occurs. Shelly is a licensed insurance provider and helps facilitate the financial forms related to preplanning. Lastly, she suggests people see an attorney to complete a trust so that family members will avoid probate, which is a judicial process that settles the deceased’s estate if there is no trust in place.


To learn more about the end-of-life documentation Helke Funeral Home and Cremation Services can help you with, set up an appointment with Shelly or attend one of her seminars. You also can check out for more information.

Yoga For Grief And Sadness

Published: May 1, 2019

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Grief is not something you can plan for or rehearse. The grief process is different for everyone, and it follows no specific timeline. One of the biggest struggles for those journeying through grief is how to recover the normal they once had before losing their loved one. Although the effects of grief vary from person to person, stress is generally a common factor. It can disrupt daily life and lead to physical ailments such as headaches, irritability, and exhaustion.

Many people turn to mindful exercise for minimizing grief-related stress. Yoga is a great option to consider because it promotes serenity and introduces coping mechanisms for those who have just suffered a loss. Accumulating stressors caused by grief can physically manifest in a variety of ways, and some of them, such as holding your breath or clenching your teeth, might even go unnoticed. These seemingly minor symptoms can have a negative impact on the body. Whether you choose to join a class or purchase an instructional video, yoga helps relieve tension in a healthy way. The breathing exercises, movement, and meditation associated with yoga facilitate a sense of peace as you wade through grief.

In addition to developing healthy habits to help manage the stress of grief, it is important to seek additional support as needed. Funeral homes provide a safe space for families to both honor the life and mourn the death of loved ones, but they also offer many grief-related resources over the weeks and months following the funeral service. Grief care coordinators connect with and assist families who are working through the stress and emotions that accompany loss. Contact your local funeral professionals for more information about how to cope with the effects of grief. If you are interested in giving yoga a try, check out these great YouTube videos that were specifically developed for those who are grieving.

In “Healing Yoga - Season 1 - Episode 12 – Grief,” Deborah Devine encourages those who are grieving, regardless of age or fitness level, to use yoga as a way to manage the symptoms and encourage mindfulness.

In “Yoga for grief and sadness // Yoga with Dionne // 20 minute practice,” Dionne Elizabeth leads a gentle, calm series of yoga poses to create openness on the journey through grief.

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