“Time defines the evolution of a human life; a soul’s legacy is clouded when seasons are left unplanned.” Michael Howard Giles
What is Help?
Heirloom Estate & Legacy Preservation (HELP) aims to educate individuals about the elements of estate planning. An estate consists of the assets of an individual and can be monetary or sentimental. HELP encourages and empowers individuals to have open dialogue, mediation or counseling with family members and estate executor (s) prior to a major illness, incapacity or death to ensure personal affairs and effects are handled according to the wishes of the individual.
We also assist families initiate end of life rituals for home funerals.
The Catalyst for HELP
My mother suddenly passed away while on vacation in La Ceiba, Honduras, where she was raised. She died intestate, meaning without a will, and she had no plan in place. However, in retrospect we think she knew of her imminent death and wanted to be in La Ceiba to die and be buried with her mother. My mother's funeral was my first encounter with a home funeral. Her casket laid in the living room above two cauldrons of ice in my aunt's home in La Ceiba
My father also died intestate leaving a home in which only his name appears on the deed. The legal nuances in rectifying this are challenging and vast. Needless to say, becoming an end of life planner and doula is personal for me.
30 Minute free consultation (Safe space to discuss medical directives, wills, final wishes and more)
End of Life Planning & Legacy Plans
Referrals to estate lawyers and financial professionals in your jurisdiction
Presentations to groups about end of life plans
Podcast (coming soon)
Originally from Brooklyn, N.Y., I have a degree in Fashion Buying & Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology, a B.A. degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Washington and a paralegal certificate from Delaware State University. I am licensed to teach Zumba, Zumba Gold, Aqua Zumba and Zumba Sentao. I am also a graduate of the Going with Grace End of Life Doula Training and a member of the National End of Life Doula Alliance.
My interest in wanting to help people with their end-of-life plan stems from witnessing so many people die with no plan in place. Procrastinating and being unwilling to put a plan in place, has the potential to sow family discord and lead to legal challenges. I am determined to educate and empower individuals to plan for a “good death” as those in the doula movement have labeled it.
"Our life here on earth is finite, so live, love and plan today as tomorrow is not promised"
Angelyn C. Frazer-Giles