Notary Public Blog & Podcast of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA | Holiday Grief Seminar 2018 Recap

Notary Public Blog & Podcast of Sonita M. Leak, CNSA
Holiday Grief Seminar 2018 Recap

Greenville, SC
I would like to thank all sponsors and presenters for holding the event every year to provide information and support to families and professionals who have experienced grief and loss.

The holidays are a time where we are supposed to be joyful and free spirits.  We’re strolling along singing Christmas carols throughout the neighborhood.   We’re baking cookies and sending neighbors, friends and family love through cards.

But have you thought about someone who may have recently lost a family member or friend?  A spouse?  Even a child?  Well, they aren’t thinking about any of the things above.  They are grieving the loss of their loved one.  What do you do for someone in this predicament?  Do you apologize?  Do you sympathize with them?

Why do I attend these seminars?  I attend them to get a better understanding of what my customers may be going through, but also, for a better understanding in general of what people who are going through a grieving process may face.

We were met with Guest Speakers and broke out into several group sessions in which professionals and medical personnel sat with us members of the general public and provided us with different ways to cope with grief, loss and the aftermath years beyond.

This year, I was late due to several pressing assignments the morning of the seminar, however, I was able to attend the second break-out session.  During the break-out session, we were able to choose a particular topic to sit in.  I chose the Probate Court: How to Plan My Estate Administration session.  Originally scheduled was Greenville County Probate Judge Debra Faulkner, however, Associate Probate Court Judge, Clayton L. Jennings stood in her place.

During the session, Judge Jennings discussed the probate  process after the death of a loved one.  He provided information about the materials and records needed in order to begin the process.  The information he gave on the time frames that the processes occurred were much appreciated.  As a notary public that signs off on many probate documents throughout the month, signers often ask me questions as they pertain to the probate court process. This session was very helpful in that respect.

Although I was not able to attend the full breadth of the seminar itself, it was still a win-win situation.  For those interested, the Holiday Grief Seminar takes place every year around this time of year.  For more information on the Holiday Grief Seminar, you can navigate to the Interim Hopsice website.  Although the event has passed for this year, you can always navigate HERE closer to November to find out when the next seminar will be.

Have a safe and blessed day,

Sonita M. Leak
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