The Greenest Way to Say Goodbye: Choosing Flameless Cremation
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Bailee McQueen:  [00:00] Welcome to season two of Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.”

John McQueen, President & CEO of Anderson-McQueen, featured here with the Bio-Cremation Unit

[00:05] I’m Bailee McQueen, your guest host for today, and as always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[00:13] Remember, if there is a specific topic you would like for us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s requests if at all possible.

[00:30] Our topic for today is the Greenest Way to Say Goodbye: Choosing Flameless Cremation. Our special guest today is John McQueen with Anderson‑McQueen, who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, John.

John McQueen:  [00:43] Thank you, Bailee, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today.

Bailee:  [00:46] It’s a pleasure to have you, thanks for making the flight out. John, we’ve got several questions for your today. First of all, the most important, what is flameless cremation?

John:  [00:55] That’s a great question, Bailee. Flameless cremation is a gentle, water‑based process that is even more environmentally friendly than our traditional flame cremation process.

[01:06] It offers all the same benefits and flexibility of traditional cremation, but by using a different technology that features a steadily circulating, warm water solution, which uses less energy and creates a smaller carbon footprint.

[01:22] Flameless cremation is really a great option for people who want to honor a loved one in a cleaner and greener way.

Bailee:  [01:29] That sounds very interesting, John. Is it true that Anderson‑McQueen was the first funeral home in Florida to introduce this new cremation process known as bio‑cremation?

John:  [01:41] Bailee, that is true, but actually, we were really the first funeral home in the world to introduce bio‑cremation. This new technology had never been used anywhere, and on a retail‑type basis, it had been used some medical schools for anatomical donation, but had never been used for the consumer. We were the first in the world to introduce this process.

Bailee:  [02:07] First in the world, that is amazing! What prompted Anderson‑McQueen to pursue this new technology?

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Life Plan Law
Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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Catherine “Cathy” Blackburn, Esquire Blackburn Law Firm, PLLC

John McQueen:  [00:01] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[00:15] Remember, if there’s a specific topic you would like us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[00:34] Our topic today is “Life Plan Law.” Our special guest is Catherine Blackburn with Blackburn Law Firm, who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, Cathy.

Catherine Blackburn:  [00:48] Thank you. I’m happy to be here.

John:  [00:51] We’re excited to have you join us today and bring your much‑needed insights to our listeners on topics you refer to as life plan law. Before we jump into the topic, maybe you could take just a few moments to share with us a little background about yourself and Blackburn Law, as well as what drove you to become the leading authority on life plan law.

Catherine:  [01:16] Thank you, John. That’s an interesting story. I started my career as a pharmacist. I’m afraid I found that boring. I went to law school at Ohio State. I graduated and I practiced medical legal law for 30 years.

[01:37] I have to tell you, in those 30 years I saw over and over how traditional estate planning did not work very well for people when the unexpected happened. In 2012, I gave up medical legal work and I focused full‑time on life planning.

John:  [02:00] You mentioned that you saw how traditional estate planning didn’t work well for many families, and now you focus on the life law planning side of things. Tell us, what’s the difference? What makes life plan law different from estate planning?

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Medicaid Qualifications in a Nursing Facility
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
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Charlotte Yensen, President Long Term Care Solutions, LLC

John McQueen:  [00:02] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always, on this show we undertake those subjects that you want to talk about.

[00:15] Remember if there’s a specific topic you would like us to talk about or if you have a question or would like us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[00:35] Our topic for today is Medicaid qualifications in a nursing facility. Our special guest today is Charlotte Yensen with Long Term Care Solutions LLC who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject.

[00:49] Welcome, Charlotte.

Charlotte Yensen:  [00:51] Thank you very much.

John:  [00:52] It’s indeed a pleasure to have someone with your professional expertise here today to help our listeners navigate their way through the many long term care decisions for themselves or an aging parent. Before we get started though today, diving into the subject with all the nuts and bolts of long term care, why don’t we take just a minute and share without listeners a little bit about yourself and your company, Long Term Care Solutions.

Charlotte:  [01:17] Thank you very much and good morning. Thank you for having me on your show.

[01:21] Long Term Care Solutions, we are a Medicaid filing company. We assist individuals and family members of loved ones in a nursing facility understand what Medicaid is, how to qualify, how to preserve assets, and how to have Medicaid cover the expense of the nursing facility as opposed to spending down everything and losing everything financially.

John:  [01:48] Because I always hear about Medicaid spend down. This can take a little bit of a different approach then to it. Is that what I’m hearing?

Charlotte:  [01:59] Yes. There are many, many legal ways to preserve assets and qualify for Medicaid. Just so we all understand, there’s really three ways to pay for the nursing facility for a loved one. When someone goes in the facility, nursing homes are generally around $7,500 to $8,000 to $9,000 a month.

John:  [02:18] Wow.

Charlotte:  [02:18] As you can imagine, most people will spend down or lose everything within six months or a year or two years. There are many legal ways to protect assets and qualify for Medicaid. People just don’t realize that it’s available to them, but it absolutely is.

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Exploring the Right to Die Movement
Thursday, February 18th, 2016

John T. McQueen:  [0:02] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show Undertakings. I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes, and as always on this show, we “undertake” those subjects that you want to know about.

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Marcia Bailey of Compassion & Choices with John McQueen

[0:16] Remember, if there is a specific topic that you’d like us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like

for us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com.

[0:31] We always do our best to include everyone’s request, if at all possible.

[0:36] Our topic today is exploring the right to die movement. Our special guest today is Marcia Bailey. Marcia is with

Compassion & Choices, and she is the facilitator of the Clearwater Chapter, which is a Right to Die Advocacy group.

[0:55] Miss Bailey is a retired social worker, who trained staff at a nursing home, talked to patients and their families for hospice, served on the board of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and led a group for bereaved individuals at a mental health facility.

[1:12] We want to welcome Marcia here today. We know she will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, Marcia.

Marcia Bailey:  [1:20] Thank you, John. Glad to be here.

John:  [1:22] We’re glad to have you. This is a topic that every family and every individual needs to think about, and help to get that word out there so that everybody has a better understanding of what the Right to Die Movement or Advocacy is all about.

[1:42] We know you’re going to do a great job today helping us understand a little bit better about that.

Marcia:  [1:47] Thanks. One of our leaders nationally says that everyone is only bad death away from being interested in our organization, because when you watch someone you love die horribly, then, you really care about this a lot.

John:  [2:03] Sure. If you don’t mind, why not share with us a little bit. As I stated, you’re an advocate for Compassion & Choices. What is Compassion & Choices? What does it do?

Marcia:  [2:16] Compassion & Choices wants people to plan what kind of a death they would like to have.

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Reserve Your Ornaments for Tree of Memories
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

The holiday season is especially difficult for family members who have suffered a loss due to the death of someone they loved.

 Tree of MemoriesIn keeping with the tradition of caring and service within the community, Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers will host our 16th Annual Tree of Memories as a tribute to those who have passed.

We invite you and your family to place a personalized angel ornament, at no cost to you, on our Tree of Memories. We encourage you to write a message, place a picture or decorate the ornaments. We will have complimentary supplies available on location to assist you with personalization.

 

In addition, Anderson-McQueen offers hand-blown glass commemorative angels that can be purchased in honor of your loved one. Each commemorative glass ornament can be personalized with your loved one’s name, date of birth and date of death.

The commemorative angels are $29.95, or save $5 ($24.95) if purchased by Nov. 15. Net proceeds will benefit The Lupus Foundation of Florida.

Recognizing the important role that pets play in our families, Pet Passages by Anderson-McQueen also offers a complimentary pet angel, as well as our beautiful commemorative glass angel, in memory of our furry friends. Both ornaments will be personalized with your beloved pet’s name and date of death. You may place your complimentary pet ornament on one of our pet trees and take the personalized commemorative angel home to cherish for years to come.

Order your ornaments today via:

Web: http://treeofmemories.org/

E-mail: cmcleod@andersonmcqueen.com

Phone: Carole at 727-347-6636

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