No one wants to think about the aging of his or her parents, let alone plan for their death. Unfortunately, aging is a part of life, and in order to truly support your parents, it’s best to start asking questions now.


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According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average funeral in 2009 (without the glamor of flowers, and etc.) cost $6,560. Fidelity Investments recently estimated that a retiring couple would need about $240,000 to cover medical expenses (not taking into account employee-provided health benefits).

Of course, the most time consuming thoughts are not about the cost themselves, but rather how to afford the cost.

As you parents get older here are 7 questions you need to ask.

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Shayla Mars

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