CARES conference to focus on final chapter planning May 9

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April 17, 2019

Everyone faces the same certain fate, but the majority of Americans are unsure of – and not prepared for – the final chapter of life. Six in 10 people have no plan for their final affairs, according to some estimates, leaving the burden to mourning family members to settle estates and tie up the loose ends of their loved ones’ lives.

The Sussex CARES (Creating Awareness of Resources for Every Senior in Sussex County) Conference aims to help change this by providing a forum full of facts and maybe even a little fun. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Crossroad Community Church, 20684 State Forest Road, west of Georgetown. Admission is free and includes lunch, but advance registration is required.

The deadline to register is April 30.

The conference is hosted by the Sussex County Advisory Committee on Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities, an 11-member body appointed by the Sussex County Council.

At this year’s event, titled Getting Your Ducks in a Row: Preparing for Life’s Final Chapter, guests can learn about everything from estate planning and burial/cremation to philanthropic giving and caring for surviving pets. Patricia W. Griffin, master in the Delaware Court of Chancery, will be the keynote speaker. She will be joined by panelists from Southern Delaware Estate Planning Council, Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Delaware Community Legal Aid Society Inc., Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Delaware Community Foundation, Emmert Auction Associates and Brandywine Valley SPCA,to discuss various end-of-life planning issues.

More than two dozen vendors and exhibitors, some offering door prizes, including a TV, will be on hand to provide information about services and programs available to those planning their own or their loved one’s final affairs.

For more, information or to register, call 302-396-9518 or email