You may find many of the following resources helpful and informative. This list is not exhaustive but rather a sampling of helpful web sites. QAC neither endorses nor verifies the veracity of the content of these sites. As always, the reader should do their own due diligence while using any website.
”The Dying Teach Us How To Live” by Patricia Acker
“End of Life, Helping with Comfort and Care” by National Institute on Aging
http://va.gov/ – benefits for veterans
http://vetrecs.archives.gov/ – The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) has provided the following website for veterans to gain access to their discharge document (DD form-214)online.
Effective July 7, 2014: VA is changing its monetary burial benefits regulations to simplify the program and pay eligible survivors more quickly and efficiently. These regulations will authorize VA to pay, without a written application… http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-special-burial.asp.
Partial reprint below…more info at website
Effective July 7, 2014: VA is changing its monetary burial benefits regulations to simplify the program and pay eligible survivors more quickly and efficiently. These regulations will authorize VA to pay, without a written application, most eligible surviving spouses basic monetary burial benefits at the maximum amount authorized in law through automated systems rather than reimbursing them for actual costs incurred.
- Under the current regulations, VA pays for burial and funeral expenses on a reimbursement basis, which requires survivors to submit receipts for relatively small one-time payments that VA generally pays at the maximum amount permitted by law.
- The new burial regulations will permit VA to pay, at a flat rate, burial and plot or interment allowances thereby enabling VA to automate payment of burial benefits to most eligible surviving spouses and more efficiently process other burial benefit claims.
- The burial allowance for a non-service-connected death is $300, and $2,000 for a death connected to military service
Federal Employees –
https://www.servicesonline.opm.gov/ – source for all federal retirees
Senior Care in Your Home –
AARP – http://www.aarp.org/ – Caregiving Resource Center, Advance Directive Forms
http://www.nia.nih.gov/ – myriad of articles on aging
http://www.nihseniorhealth.gov – Senior health issues
http://agingwithdignity.org – Aging with Dignity Organization
http://www.alz.org – Alzheimer’s Association
http://new.abanet.org/aging – American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging
http://www.nhpco.org – National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
www.thedyingteachus.com – ”The Dying Teach Us How To Live” by Patricia Acker
http://www.thefamilycaregiver.org – information and education for family caregivers
http://bustedhalo.com/features/virtual-remembrance-retreat – Virtual Remembrance Retreat on Busted Halo
http://ohioline.osu.edu/estate/index.html – Estate Planning Considerations for Ohio Families