Good morning, Gather!
Some of you may know that my mother passed away on Sunday, August 28th. We haven't services yet because her remains will be placed with my father's remains in a niche at Arlington National Cemetery's Columbarium. We've had a stark reminder of our nation at war, as there is a backlog for placements at Arlington National of at least 8 weeks. They have told us that they hold services for at least 30 per day. I realize this isn't all from current conflicts, but when my father was place in January of 2000, there was no wait at all.
I am currently writing my mother's obituary and we would like to have people donate to a charitable organization in lieu of flowers. I live in Louisiana, my oldest brother lives in New Jersey, and my 2nd brother lives in Virginia. None of us would be able to take flowers home and finding a way to help other elderly seems the best alternative.
I'm looking for suggestions for charitable organizations. Some of the ones I have considered are:
Family Caregiver Alliance, Elder Law & Advocacy, Alzheimer's Foundation of America, and Elderly Wishes.
Since we had to fight the system for her last three years, between hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living, and in-home care, I was hoping on finding something related to eldercare advocacy. She had no organizations that she contributed to regularly so we are free to choose something along these lines.
Any suggestions, or sharing of past experiences on charitable giving to these types of organizations would be greatly appreciated.
And if you know of where I can check out these organizations to make sure they are on the up-and-up, please pass along that information, too!