Welcome to Planning For Tomorrow With Fred H. Kitchen

Planning For Tomorrow Show Host, Fred Kitchen & Co-Host, Mayor Jean Dean

Thank you for taking the time to visit with us online. We believe that planning is so important in everything we do.

We plan for a graduation, a wedding, birth of a baby, retirement, etc., so it simply makes sense to plan for our end of life also.


I’ve said it many times, pre-planning or final planning is one of the greatest gifts we can give our families.


I support you in becoming the most knowledgeable regarding legal issues, final planning, nursing home, extended and assisted living care, hospice care, Medicaid and Medicare, life insurance, funeral planning, etc.


It's important that you feel comfortable and are knowledgeable when you are planning for one of the most important life events that not only reflects your wishes but also effects our surviving family members and friends. -- Fred H. Kitchen

Lets Have DINNER and talk about DEATH

One of the most profound statements we have ever heard is that "Death ends a life, not a relationship." One of the greatest gifts we can give our family is our pre-planned funeral or cremation wishes. It also ensures that our personal wishes will be carried out in the manner in which we desire. Complete At-Need and Pre-Need Funeral Planning is Available at Henson & Kitchen Family Funeral Home - Henson Mortuary, Barboursville, WV. Call 304.736.8986 or visit us online at www.hensonmortuary.com.

Five Wishes

Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:


Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them.

The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want.

How comfortable you want to be.

How you want people to treat you.

What you want your loved ones to know.


Five Wishes is changing the way America talks about and plans for care at the end of life.  More than 18 million copies of Five Wishes are in circulation across the nation, distributed by more than 35,000 organizations.  Five Wishes meets the legal requirements in 42 states and is useful in all 50.


Five Wishes has become America’s most popular living will because it is written in everyday language and helps start and structure important conversations about care in times of serious illness.


Five Wishes was introduced in 1997 and originally distributed with support from a grant by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to health and health care.


As we continue to invest into our community, we now offer this document for FREE to anyone who would like to have one. Simply call Henson Mortuary at 304.736.8986 or email us at fredkitchen@hensonmortuary.com and request your FREE FIVE WISHES.






GRIEF UNIVERSITY  - New Date and Time Coming Soon! Hosted at the HIMG (Huntington Internal Medicine Group) Education Room on Rt. 60 in Huntington. FREE SERVICES TO THE AREA for those encountering disturbing life changes. Co-hosted by HIMG (Patty Dickey, RN,MS, Director of Physicial and Community Ser.) Fred Kitchen (Henson Mortuary) and Joyce Perry (Professional Counseling and Consulting Services). Everyone Welcome To Attend...

Money Issues of Surviving Spouses



The death of a spouse is a wrenching event. To make the pain and anxiety worse, survivors find themselves grappling with financial and legal questions at a time when many people understandably aren't thinking clearly. The immediate challenge is handling the logistical issues that crop up in the days and weeks that follow a spouse's death -- especially an unexpected one. At the same time, care needs to be taken to avoid making decisions or missteps that will prove complicated or perhaps impossible to undo years down the road.


Planning ahead, which means having sometimes uncomfortable discussions while both spouses are alive, will go a long way to easing the inevitably difficult path. But just as crucial is the support of trusted family and friends, along with expert advisers and support groups.


The surviving spouse, of course, may be focused on getting through one day at a time. That said, all involved shouldn't lose sight of the fact that reverberations from the loss will play out in ways big and small well beyond the immediate grieving period. In some cases, it may require rethinking a financial plan from top to bottom. For most, it means revisiting their own estate-planning documents.

The ultimate exit strategy: A when-I-die checklist


The first time I checked the organ donor check box on my driver's license, it was with the creepy suspicion that someone far luckier than me needed my liver. I checked the box and, to my surprise, was not immediately run over by a bread truck. I've renewed my license many times since and lived to see the E-check line again.


Take it from me: Planning for death will not cause you to die.It may, however, save those you leave behind from having to make decisions when they're really not at their best. Planning for death may not be as fun as planning a trip to Italy, but if it's any consolation, Linda Betzer, president of a funeral consumer group, the Cleveland Memorial Society, offers this: "You only have to do it once. It's not like taxes, which you have to do every year."

The 25 Documents You Need Before You Die


 Wall Street Journal Article - Saturday, July 2, 2011  --  It isn't enough simply to sign a bunch of papers establishing an estate plan and other end-of-life instructions. You also have to make your heirs aware of them and leave the documents where they can find them.



 This chart  shows some very interesting statistics

and the average Elder Care Costs for 2009-2010.




 * Nursing Homes Cost

 * Assisted Living Costs

 * Home Care

 * Adult Day Services


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