Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1-2 PM ET
Topic:Living Well to the Very End of Life
Guests:Rachel Zeldin and Doug Germann
As we (or family members) grow older, life often becomes more complex, with new health issues, perhaps the need to leave longtime homes, get acquainted with end of life paperwork, maybe plan for a funeral or celebration of life. Sometimes death arrives suddenly and unexpected, plunging survivors into overwhelming grief and confusion, as Sheryl Sandberg reflects on the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. This call will feature two guests whose work assists those who hope to live well to the very end of life, and offers help with the tasks that face family members after a loved one’s death.
Rachel Zeldin is the Founder and CEO of I’m Sorry to Hear, an online funeral planning website that connects consumers with funeral professionals, vendor reviews, and other educational tools to effectively plan a funeral.
A Philadelphia native, Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in International Business & Economics from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. After more than five years working globally in international financial services, she pursued the start of a funeral planning platform that she wished her family had when her great uncle died.
She works passionately on I’m Sorry to Hear with the goals of providing equal access to information on funeral planning and encouraging the sharing of one’s personal funeral planning experiences. Through her extensive research of the funeral industry, funeral law and consumer advocacy issues in funeral planning, she has become a thought leader in funeral planning and consumer advocacy. She wrote more than 100 articles on funeral planning and has been featured in more than 12 major media publications. Rachel speaks frequently on funeral planning. She is co-founder and hostess of Death Café Philadelphia, and is a founding member of the newly established Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Philadelphia (http://www.fcaphilly.org)
Douglas Germann is an Elder Caring Attorney in South Bend, IN. He has Juris Doctor and Bachelor in Business Administration degrees and has practiced law in Indiana and Michigan for more than four decades. Over the years, Doug found that his clients got older his interests evolved more and more to caring for elders (Doug sees “elder” as a term of respect), with a special interest in conversation and particularly the end of life conversation. He often facilitates such conversations.
His legal practice involves helping people with Health Care and Financial Powers of Attorney, Advance Directives, Guardianships, Medicaid, and getting people into--or keeping them out--of nursing homes. He is also Education Co-Chair of the Indiana Patient Preferences Coalition, the group that brought POST (also called POLST) to Indiana. See www.IndianaPOST.org.
Please bring your questions and experience and add your voice to this important conversation.