Discussing end of life planning can be a difficult subject for many. But armed with knowledge, people often find they are able to make better decisions and gain peace of mind. This spring, Ovation Communities will host an informational four-part series on the issue, covering topics from financial planning and insurance, to ethical wills and “Caring Partners.”

The program aims to take the stigma away from legacy, estate, end of life and funeral preplanning, and provide the details and tools necessary to start the planning process. Experts say that families who discussed these matters in advance often express a tremendous amount of relief knowing that financial and legal affairs are already in order when facing the loss of a loved one.

“These can be taboo kinds of topics to discuss, but they are important and we want to help start conversations,” said Tanya Mazor-Posner, Vice President of Development at Jewish Home and Care Foundation. “As an important resource for our residents and the broader community, we’re grateful to be able to pull together experts who can provide information and help people discuss their goals and preferences.”

Debra Watton, President of Goodman-Bensman Funeral Home in Whitefish Bay and one of the presenting speakers, hopes to remove uneasiness from the discussion of funeral preplanning and replace it with information.

“One of the biggest things people don’t know is that it can all be done in advance and it’s OK to have a conversation about end of life,” said Watton.

Watton says that one of the most important aspects of preplanning that is often overlooked is the concept of liquidity, and accessing funds to pay for final expenses. “There are other life cycle events we pay for – weddings, bar mitzvahs, births – and we plan for these things ahead of time with loved ones when we are lucid and clear headed. Our final expenses can and should be planned for, similar to any other life event.”

The seminar is free and open to the public at Ovation Sarah Chudnow, sponsored by Goodman-Bensman and Seasons Hospice. Participants can RSVP at this link or by calling (414) 721-9260, or e-mailing TMazor-Posner@ovation.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.