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What Is Afternoon Tea Week

What Is Afternoon Tea Week?

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What Makes Afternoon Tea Week Special? Afternoon Tea Week is celebrated between August 8th and August 14th, so if you’re looking for an excuse to go out for a treat, you’re in luck.  The week-long activity celebrates socialising with loved ones, trying out local businesses and (most importantly) indulging in…

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3 Tips on How To Practice Mindfulness

3 Tips on How To Practice Mindfulness

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Practising Mindfulness  After a busy day at the office, hectic social life or a large family gathering, to practice mindfulness is a skill which can bring you closer to the present and make you feel much more at ease with your thoughts.    Have you ever been through periods of your…

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to organise your belongings is a problem everybody faces at some point in their lives. Let’s take a look at ways of tackling the dilemma together. 

How Should I Organise Belongings?

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How Do I Start Organising My Belongings?  Have you ever felt drained at the thought of emptying your garage?  Or is the idea of sorting out stacks of paperwork starting to make your stomach turn?  Often enough you ignore objects because they can remind you of a time that’s no…

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Do You Need An End Of Life Plan? Yes! The best way to understand why an end of life plan is important is to picture what your life would be like without one. What would your finances look like if you hadn’t prepared a will? Do your family members know how you'd like your funeral to look like? Is there any way of securing your legacy for future generations to know what your life was like? Without an end of life plan these questions, amongst others, will all be up in the air. For finances, it’s likely your partner, family or the state would take control; is that something you’d like? Without a plan for your funeral, others would choose details for you; would you be happy with that? They say a person dies twice, once when they die and second, when their name is mentioned for the last time, are you happy with your legacy? The question of having an end of life plan essentially comes down to how much uncertainty you want to leave behind after death. If you’re someone who doesn’t care, then this isn't for you. But if you’re someone who wants to make things easier for yourself and loved ones after your death, then an end of life plan is right for you. The Advantages of An End Of Life Plan Save Heartache After the loss of a loved one it can be a difficult time for all, but especially those who are responsible for taking care of the duties afterwards. An end of life plan will leave instructions for loved ones, so that no arguments, regrets or decisions will need to be made for after your death. This will bring peace of mind for everyone involved, making it easier for loved ones when grieving. Save Money By having a plan in place, it allows you to prepare for what the cost burden will be. You’ll be able to work out the costs for funeral services or dealing with possessions, meaning that no hidden costs show up for family members to pay. This helps avoid any unnecessary financial burdens which may hit families at an unwelcome time and which may take years to pay off. Avoid Upset Talking about death helps bring families together. Not often will everybody agree, but having the important conversations now and getting them out in the open will be a great exercise in bringing people together. It also means that no surprise pieces of information are brought up after death, which may hurt previous memories and experiences. Talking to loved ones about your intentions in creating an end of life plan will be a big step forward in having a more honest and realistic picture of what life will look like after you’ve died. How have you got on with doing anything about your own end of life plan? Let us know in the comments. Create Your Own The Before I Go Method is a fantastic resource to get you started (and finished!) with your end of life plan. It has all the resources and materials you need and does a fantastic job in taking you through each step. Check it out here.

What Is An End Of Life Plan?

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Is an End Of Life Plan Important?  An End of life plan is a document which allows you to organise your affairs in the approach to, and after, death.  It allows you to take control of how you’ll be cared for, your finances, important documents, funeral matters, legacy and many…

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Why Talking About Death With Family Members Is Important

Why Talking About Death With Family Members Is Important

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How Do You Plan On Talking About Death With Family Members? Talking to family members about death can be a daunting prospect, but leaving it till a later date can make things even worse.  Has there ever been a conversation which has been shut down because you’ve been told ‘not…

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3 Reasons to Choose Green Embalming for Your Burial

3 Reasons To Choose Green Embalming For Your Burial

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Why Green Embalming is the Future for the Burial Industry  The process of green embalming has the power to change the burial industry forever. As eco-conscious families around the world look for a more earth-friendly way of embalming bodies, this article looks into the reasons why green embalming for your…

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3 Tips on Making End of Life Planning Easier

3 Tips on Making End of Life Planning Easier

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How to make end of life planning less difficult  Making your end of life plan easier can be more enjoyable than you think. From brainstorming ideas, finding support, and finding knowledge, in this article you will be able to discover all kinds of good gems to help you make your…

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Children's Hospice Week

Children’s Hospice Week

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What is Children’s Hospice Week? A children’s hospice is an organisation which helps facilitate palliative care for young children. Children’s Hospice Week, which runs from June 20th to June 26th this year, helps spread awareness around the UK for all related child hospice services.  This year, the theme of Children’s…

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3 Tips on Finding Out What your Legacy is

3 Tips on Finding Out What your Legacy is

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What will your legacy look like? If you had to choose one thing you’d be remembered for, if you were gone tomorrow, what would it be? In other words, can you identify your legacy?  It can be quite difficult, depending on the life you’ve had until now you may not…

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What is National Growing For Wellbeing Week

What is National Growing For Wellbeing Week?

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Can Gardening improve emotional wellbeing? Clean cut grass, fresh flowers, birds chirping, there can be a subtle peaceful environment when a garden is looking healthy, can’t there? Similarly in life, to make something great it often needs time and commitment to have it grow into something special.  Today I’ll be…

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How To Plan Effectively

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How will you be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee this week?  Street parties, family gatherings and a whole host of events, this week’s Jubilee has been planned effectively to get this summer off to a great start!  Like all great things, preparation is key and the Queens platinum jubilee is no…

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How to deal with Stress

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Why is dealing with stress so difficult? By its own definition, stress is your body’s way of telling you to take action.  As students across the country face their final exams, let’s look at what stress is, how to manage it and how it can be used to get your End…

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Finding Documents After Someone Dies

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Have you ever had to play Sherlock Holmes? Missing garden equipment, important documents, finding passwords, finding documents after someone dies can be a nightmare! It’s often a mystery trying to find these details after a loved one has passed. To celebrate Sherlock Holmes National Day on May 22nd, we’ll be…

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how to talk about death and dying

How to talk about death and dying

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Talking about death and dying can be met with horror especially if the conversation seems out of the blue. A colleague Juli told me she had told her daughter what she wanted for some of her funeral service, and was taken aback when her daughter rounded on her and told…

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Why is End of Life Planning Important?

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The Importance of End of Life Planning Why is End of Life Planning so important? Surely at some point it’ll all get taken care of, right?  Wrong! The vast majority of people wait until it’s too late to start their End of Life plan.  It’s not until stress, worry or…

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What age should you start end of life planning?

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When is the best time to start end of life planning? It’s a common question and the truthful answer is from age 18, i.e. when you are an adult. However, realistically, this is probably not going to happen – remember when you were 18? It’s most likely you felt that…

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The Gratitude Guy Podcast

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Interview on the Gratitude Guy Podcast. David George Brooke, the Gratitude Guy interviews Jane Duncan Rogers and her journey on how she came to do what she does today, training people to become End of Life Planning Facilitators. David wants to know how her journey began, starting with when she…

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Yeukai Business Show podcast

The Yeukai Business Show podcast

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Listen to Jane’s interview on the Yeukai Business Show podcast. Jane and Yeukai spoke about taking care of your own end of life plan first and inspiring others in your business. So, listen in now Welcome to Episode 421 of the Yeukai Business Show. In this episode,  Jane Duncan Rogers…

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How to Have Difficult Conversations

How to Have Difficult Conversations

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The Challenges of Difficult Conversations  In life, it’s all too easy to avoid difficult conversations until we’re forced to confront them.  When that happens, we find ourselves feeling uncomfortable, out of place and rushed as we’re sprung into making decisions at what can seem to be the worst possible time. So,…

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What is UK National Reflection Day?

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The U.K. reflects on its National Day of Covid-19 This day is UK National Reflection Day. Two years ago, the country was turned upside down in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic. Countless lives have been lost, families bruised, and all generations suffered. Today, we come together to reflect over…

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How death affects a child

How does death affect a child

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Assumptions are easy to make when we think of how death affects a child, as I learned after my late husband died and then we had another tragedy in the family. A child’s perception of death Just 3 months after his death, his grand-daughter, aged just 16, also died of…

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How to keep my end of life plan secure

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You may have read in the press, all about Biscuit Tin, who a few days ago were on Dragons Den (equivalent to Shark Tank in USA). Sheila Hogan, who founded Biscuit Tin as a result of her parents’ deaths, had a similar idea to mine when I started Before I…

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7 Tips For A Good Valentine’s Day When You Are On Your Own

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Some suggestions and practical actions to help cope with Valentines Day when you are on your own, whether by choice or not.

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When the Queen Dies

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When the Queen dies, there is a plan. It’s called ‘Operation London Bridge’. (‘London Bridge is down’ is the code for passing on the information that she has actually died) What happens when the Queen dies It’s a highly detailed plan (you can read all about it on Wikipedia). Everyone…

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A reason for living when someone close has died

A reason for living when someone close has died

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A reason for living, when someone close has died is demonstrated perfectly with Ricky Gervais. He plays Tony in ‘After Life‘ currently on Netflix. He struggles to come to terms with the death of his wife. Here are my observations and the lessons we can take from this series. Why…

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Podcast The Discomfort Practice interview with Jane

Podcast Interview with The Discomfort Practice

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Betsy Reed of The Discomfort Practice interviewed me for her podcast. Podcast interview with The Discomfort Practice If ever there is a discomforting conversation, it is about death. But this particular one includes much more. In this podcast interview with The Discomfort Practice, Jane shares insights about her personal journey through…

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How to get end of life planning actually done

How to get end of life planning actually done

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When you know end of life planning is important, and you know you want to get your end of life plan actually done, there’s a few things that need to be put in place first, to set yourself up for success.

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How to choose a funeral director

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Choosing a funeral director isn’t something often mentioned in polite society. Because it means acknowledging the fact of death. but it’s kinder to those you leave behind if that decision is already taken care of. Here’s 5 tips how to pick a funeral director before it’s really needed.

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7 Reasons to NOT make a will during Free Wills Month! (UK)

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It’s Free Wills Month during October here in the UK. Which means you can get your will drawn up for free from participating solicitors. Maybe you’re still thinking of putting it off. Here’s some reasons and consequences to NOT making a will during Free Wills Month. Reasons NOT to sort…

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When should you write your last will and testament?

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Read what small step you can do today to help you move forward with writing your last will and testament, and why it’s a good idea right now, even if you don’t live in the UK

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Ross Shire Journal – share in £1.5m award

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Article in Ross Shire Journal reporting that Before I Go is named one of 10 national “Changemakers” helping people cope with money pressures. Here’s an extract from the original article A social enterprise which encourages people to make plans for the end of their lives while they can has been…

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Advantages of Age – Sep 2021

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I was asked to write an article for the site Advantages of Age, about how I came to set up Before I Go Solutions after my first husband died. “Jane Duncan Rogers is the CEO of Before I Go Solutions. Her first husband died when she was 54 which led…

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How to get my family to let me go

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When you know you’re dying but your family can’t accept the fact. This article shares 3 tips how to get your family to let you go.

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Diane Wyzga Podcast interview – part 2

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This is Part 2 of the podcast interview I did with Diane Wyzga where I spoke about the absolutely vital end-of-life planning work that I and my team are spreading around the world. We were talking about creating Before I Go Solutions as a non-profit when I was asked about…

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Diane Wyzga Podcast interview – part 1

By Jane Duncan Rogers
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Diane Wyzga of Whidbey Island, Washington and her podcast Stories From Women Who Walk. Listen to me being interviewed about my journey. Transcript: Today my guest is Jane Duncan Rogers, founder and Chief Officer of Before I Go Solutions and Before I Go Academy who’s joining us from North Scotland.…

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What happens to your belongings when you die

What happens to your belongings when you die?

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This article is about what happens to your belongings when you die, particularly if you have no children to leave them to and some tips how to decide where your belongings go after you’ve gone.

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The ‘D’ Word – with Pete Hill at UK Health Radio

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Talking with Pete Hill of The ‘D’ Word (dementia). It’s so important for those with early signs of dementia and their loved ones to address the other ‘d’ word – death.

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End Of Life – with Erica at 12Radio

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Would you want a copy of your loved one’s fingerprint after they have died?  Or even before?
What would you want to wear in your coffin? Should black armbands be brought back? Just a few of the fascinating topics we covered in this podcast.

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Charity Today – May 2021

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I talk to Charity Today about how my End-of-life Planning Cards can help society get more open about grief, death and dying.

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What signs do we get from people who have died?

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Staying alert to signs can be a way to find comfort and support as you move forward with your life after a bereavement. Find out how a woodpecker helped Jane!

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Death By Design – in conversation with Kimberley Paul

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Learn why end of life planning is so crucial and why people don’t realise this until it’s too late. And how laughter when talking about this subject is so important!

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Who should I appoint as my power of attorney?

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If you’re not sure who you should choose for the different types of power of attorney here are some ideas to help you.

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What’s the difference between a will and power of attorney?

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Learn the difference between a will and power of attorney, and when each of them takes effect.

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What happens after I die?

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What happens after death is one of those perennial questions! Jane shares her thoughts on some of the different aspects you might want to consider.

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What does a white feather mean?

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Discover how the lightness of a feather (or three) helped Jane move through the gravity of grief.

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What is a burial shroud?

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This article discusses everything you need to know about what is a burial shroud, the alternative to a coffin. What a burial shroud looks like and if they’re legal or not.  “Would you rather your body was wrapped in a shroud, or placed in a coffin?” I asked this…

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How do I start on sorting out my stuff?

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Sorting out your stuff can sometimes feel so overwhelming that it’s really hard to get going. Here are my top 3 tips to help you make a start.

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Is there life after loss?

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When you’re bereaved, it’s easy to think there will never be any quality of life after loss. It’s such a hard time, but this story gives hope, inspiration and a sense of possibility, especially for those in the older stage of life.

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What’s the difference between end of life plan facilitators and end of life doulas? 

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End of life as a phrase has become much more common in the last few years, initially attached to the word ‘doulas’, and now there are end of life plan facilitators, or consultants, and even coaches. So what’s the actual difference?   An end of life doula is someone who…

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Interview with Silver Tent TV

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In this intimate interview Siobhan A Riordan of Silver Tent TV talks with Jane Duncan Rogers about the lessons she learnt accompanying her husband to end of life.

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