Practical Planning

Workshop Session 3 – Practical Planning

with David Barrett, Esq

Zoom Recording

Thursday, July 19, 2022

David Barrett, Esq.

Getting Organized

Advance Care Planning is a process that helps you maintain your dignity and values in case you have to make difficult medical treatment decisions. It can also help you appoint a spokesperson in case you aren’t able to make decisions for yourself.


4 End-of-Life Documents You Need to Have

These documents are specific to the state of residence. Most can be found for free by searching for the state name and the title or description of the document. Here are links to examples of the documents for the State of Virginia.

Letting Go

We come into this world with no possessions and we can’t take anything with us. Use the Yoga practice of non-attachment to let go of your material attachments. Downsize your household possessions while you have the health do take charge of your own environment. Make life easy for those who may have to clean up and distribute what you’ve left behind.

Aparigraha is the last Yama in Patanjali’s Eight Limbs of Yoga. It often translates to non-greed and nonattachment. The yamas are essentially moral guidelines by which to live with regard to our relationship with ourselves and the world around us.

Music Video by Sarah Summers for (2018)



Websites about Planning for Death

Barbara Karne’s Blog on the End of Life

Tools for Organizing with your Next of Kin

Why You Need a Digital Executor

In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later

Why and How to Prepare for Death

Death Literacy

Bevival is a death literacy platform for the living. We are part of a global movement preparing for the future, long before the end.

The Five Wishes

The Five Wishes advance directive document has been distributed by over 40,000 organizations and has reached over 30 million individuals, and Five Wishes has grown into a comprehensive program with robust tools for healthcare providers, businesses, communities, as well as individuals and families.

End of Life Planning & Paperwork

Honoring your life and your loved ones by preparing for your death, each workshop meets for 8 hours over two Fridays.

Dying & Living: An immersive Online Experience

Getting Real About Getting Older

Death is But a Dream – PBS documentary

The Art of Dying

Hospice Giving

A Guide on Inheritance of an IRA

Resources from Nomis Publications

A tremendous list of Funeral Industry links.

Who Will Care for ‘Kinless’ Seniors?

The NY Times tackles this difficult subject.