Talking About Death

Talking About Death

Talking About Death

We ❤️ Talking About Death

There's a special kind of magic that happens when people start talking about death;  they remember all the awesome things about living.  I'm honoured that my days are spent listening to people's fears, worries, hopes and dreams.  But most of all I'm blessed to spend time listening to the stories of the living they've done and wish to do into the future.

 

Planning for death doesn't need to be macabre.  It doesn't need to be frightening.  And it most certainly doesn't need to be hidden.  I passionately believe it's in the hiding that the fear and shame festers. 

 

I'm on a mission to increase literacy around death, starting right here with stories and ideas.   If you're not quite ready to sit down and talk about death with a person, this is a good starting point.  If you'd like to add your own story to the collection, I'd love to hear from you.

ARTICLES + POSTS

Testamentary Guardians

Appointing A Testamentary Guardian

Become your kids Guardian Angel. Appointing a Testamentary Guardian in your will enables you to have control over who you want to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to look after your children. Like many parents, my kids are my world. I was lucky enough to get five of them, …

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Fiona Shilton Estate Lawyer Wills Adelaide

Estate Planning Is Kindness

  Time and kindness.     This is the story about the woman who helped me become a lawyer. The woman who showed me the work I do in estate planning is a valuable and vital gift to my community. Earlier this year the death of my Nana hit me hard. She was one of the …

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Good will making

How To Write A Good Will

My estate plan is a constant work in progress. Which is what makes it good! My estate plan is a constant work in progress.  Not because I don’t have my s**t in a pile but because I don’t want to just leave a will.  I want to leave a good will. A good will plans …

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Estate Planning with kindness and compassion

Estate Planning Done Differently

When it comes to estate planning, people deserve better.  You deserve better. If you’re anything like me, perfectionism can stop you from getting things done.  Getting your roots touched up, folding your laundry, getting that box of stuff out of your boot and into the op shop.  Or doing your estate planning. I get worried …

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Strong Willed

Being Strong Willed In 5 Easy Steps

The world is full of people walking around feeling confident they’re winning at Adulting because they think they have a good will, when in actual fact they don’t.  Discover why being strong willed isn’t just about the piece of paper and how you can muscle up and make your will do the heavy lifting. “Good …

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This Is Your Life

This Is Your Life

Your will is a legal synopsis of your life story; blatantly condensed down to the bare minimum number of words required to get your point across.  It goes without saying when creating a will it’s pretty important you don’t leave out any important bits of your story because when you’re dead there’s no going back …

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Does Your Young Adult Need A Will

Estate Planning + Your Adult Children

What would your life look like if you couldn’t help your child or make decisions on their behalf when they really need you to?  Many parents are shocked to discover once their young person turns 18 they are legally no longer able to step in as a substitue decision maker if they became unwell or …

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If you love someone. Let everyone know.

Brendan died of a massive heart attack in May 2021.  He was 51 years old.  He left behind adult children, an ex-wife and his partner of 4-years Cherie. This is Cherie’s story. “Just when I didn’t think I would find true love and a forever partner Brendan walked out the door towards me and I …

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Burial Place

Deciding On Your Final Resting Place

Destination Final You’ve decided to be cremated but you figure your loved ones can decide where they’d prefer your final resting place to be.  That would be the most caring thing to do right?  Maybe not. When faced with a menu of Goodbye options families often struggle to make the decision about where to scatter …

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Do It Yourself

DIY Wills Suck Balls

Online Wills and DIY Will Kits have long been heralded as a saviour for the time-poor (or just poor in general).  But are they all they’re cracked up to be? Everything you need to know before you DIY your will. “I often get asked what I think of DIY wills.  I used to be too …

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Testamentary Guardians

Appointing A Testamentary Guardian

Become your kids Guardian Angel. Appointing a Testamentary Guardian in your will enables you to have control over who you want to make decisions on your behalf if you are no longer able to look after your children. Like many parents, my kids are my world. I was lucky enough to get five of them, …

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Fiona Shilton Estate Lawyer Wills Adelaide

Estate Planning Is Kindness

  Time and kindness.     This is the story about the woman who helped me become a lawyer. The woman who showed me the work I do in estate planning is a valuable and vital gift to my community. Earlier this year the death of my Nana hit me hard. She was one of the …

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Good will making

How To Write A Good Will

My estate plan is a constant work in progress. Which is what makes it good! My estate plan is a constant work in progress.  Not because I don’t have my s**t in a pile but because I don’t want to just leave a will.  I want to leave a good will. A good will plans …

How To Write A Good Will Read More »

Estate Planning with kindness and compassion

Estate Planning Done Differently

When it comes to estate planning, people deserve better.  You deserve better. If you’re anything like me, perfectionism can stop you from getting things done.  Getting your roots touched up, folding your laundry, getting that box of stuff out of your boot and into the op shop.  Or doing your estate planning. I get worried …

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