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Eastside Memorial Park provides necessary conversations seminar

A memorial service facility like Eastside Memorial Park often meets people for the first time on the worst days of their lives — following a death that has occurred in the family.

With a lot on their minds, making difficult decisions about their loved ones at this time is the last thing someone wants to do — that is why Eastside Memorial Park is hosting free seminars once a month to discuss some of the topics that come up during a death and how to prepare for it before the inevitable.

"People generally spend 3-5 days or 36 hours planning a funeral," said Eastside Memorial Park adviser Keith Charles during a March seminar. "They're also spending with their heart and not their head, often times spending more then they intended."

"Necessary Conversations" is the name of the seminar program Eastside has started that sheds light on wills and living trusts, and how to create them. It discusses different benefits and services and how to attain them, as well as cemetery and funeral arrangements.

"If not you, than who, if not now, then when?" asked Charles. "We're going over things that no one wants to talk about, but needs to be talk about."

Charles said it is important to include family members in arrangement plans and advised they attend the seminars too.

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"There are so many topics and questions that don't surface until an individual passes," Charles said. "If not addressed, they can cause a lot of angst for family members and sometimes ceremonies don't go the way you would want. Be remembered the way you want to be remembered. We will help you and your loved ones prepare for the inevitable so that your life can be remembered and rejoiced, instead of stressed over."

The next seminar is set for 1 p.m. April 13 at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center in the Ranch Valley activity room. Seating is limited. Seminars continue the second Thursday of each month.

Eastside Memorial Park is located at 1600 Buckeye Road, Minden. For information, call 782-2215.