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Members of the faithful of St. Nicholas are encouraged to plan their funeral Masses. By planning ahead we are able to respect the wishes of the deceased and allow the family the opportunity to grieve without having to worry about the practical and necessary work of choosing readings, music, etc. Every effort will be made to respect the wishes of the deaces and the family. To help in the process, parishioners are encouraged to download the funeral guidelines for the parish and complete the form included. Once it is completed, the parish staff will keep a copy on file at the church. A copy should also be kept with other appropriate paperwork at home and/or given to family members.

The parish Funeral Guidelines and Planning Sheet can be downloaded and viewed here.

 

END OF LIFE ISSUES AND PLANNING YOUR CATHOLIC FUNERAL

In November 2011, Father Robert along with Linda Bullock (Parish Nurse), Jo Kuckle (Lawyer), and Keith Blanchard (Funeral Director) held a day long seminar on end of life issues, death and dying, funeral arrangements and estate planning. Below are the Youtube videos of these presentations. We hope that these videos will be helpful as you make your plans.

End of Life Issues- What to Expect at the End of Life

In this five part presentation, Linda Bullock talks about what to expect at the end of life particularly what to expect in a hospital and hospice facility.

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Preparing Your Final Commendation- Working with a Funeral Home

Keith Blanchard, general manager for Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home, talks about the process of planning for your final commendation. What to expect when working with a funeral home.

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Preparing Your Catholic Funeral

Do you know what the Church expects of faithful Catholics? Have you thought about how you would like to be remembered? Father Robert Fath, pastor of St. Nicholas Church, will talk about preparing for our own funeral.

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Healthcare Directives and Estate Planning

Who will take care of you if you are in an accident or have serious health crisis? Jo A. Kuchle is a long time shareholder in the Fairbanks law firm of Cook Schuhmann & Groseclose, Inc., and she practices estate planning, commercial and probate law. Jo's presentation will discuss the Alaska Health Care Directives and the need for planning in the event your worst cases scenario happens. Jo will also focus on common myths about wills, estates and probate.

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