Claremore Daily Progress

August 25, 2007

Informational seminars address end-of-life issues

Tom Fink

Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Home will host a free seminar next month to inform Rogers County residents about their options when dealing with end of life decisions.

“This is something we try to do annually — an informal, educational seminar to help people be better informed about what their options are when faced with the death of a loved one or when making final arrangements for themselves,” said Frank Friedemann, director of family services, Musgrove-Merriott-Smith Funeral Service & Crematory.

In addition to Friedemann, Claremore attorney Clint Russell will speak at the seminar, offering free legal advice pertaining to wills, real estate planning and identity protection, as well as answering questions.

“My main focus of discussion will be about the differences — the advantages and disadvantages, if you will — about funeral planning versus final expense insurance,” Friedemann said. “Mr. Russell will be talking about the different aspects of wills, trusts, probate, estate planning and health directives, the importance of which will be a main emphasis in our seminars.”

Musgrove-Merriott-Smith’s informational seminars will be 2 and 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at the Claremore Community Center.

Admission is free but seating is limited, so call Friedemann at 342-2487 or e-mail mmsfuneral@sbcglobal.net to make reservations.

Both seminars are roughly one hour in length.