In a 1789 letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

To that end, Lamb Funeral Home, 3911 LaFayette Road, is offering a free community seminar titled "Before and When a Death Occurs" at 5:30 p.m. April 8.

"On average a person is responsible for or sees to or is involved with three (funerals) in their lifetime -- the whole process," said Dorris Lamb, owner/licensed funeral director at Lamb Funeral Home and facilitator for the seminar. "Death is not a respecter of persons, so it happens all hours of the day and night, weekends and holidays. It happens in their family. It happens in ours. So many procrastinate what to do."

Knowing what to do to prepare for your own or a family member's death, the funeral and the aftermath can pose a lot of questions for individ-uals and relatives.

"In this area of 25 miles, there's 15 funeral homes and hundreds of thousands of people that just have quest-ions," Lamb said. "We're going to address some of those questions."

Among the seminar topics to be discussed will be Social Security benefits, life insurance and beneficiaries, veteran benefits and banking and probate.

Guest speakers will include Lamb, Sharon Cunningham, deputy clerk probate division; Ryan Milauskas, vice president commercial lender at Heritage Bank; and Tina Owen, office manager at Heritage Bank.

Funeral home owner/licensed funeral director Tammy Lamb, licensed funeral director Zach Lamb and Kim Allen, all of Lamb Funeral Home, will also be available to answer any questions.

Lamb said although similar seminars have been offered in the past, some state laws and regulations -- or a person's beneficiary or life choices -- may have changed since official documents like a will, a living will, powers of attorney or an insurance policy were first drafted.

The Lambs recommend registering for the seminar on their Facebook page -- For more information, call

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For those planning to attend the seminar, Lamb suggested individuals prepare a list of questions for the guest speakers.

"Those coming and seeking wisdom, guidance and maybe strength (may want) to do that because it is a sensitive time," he said.

Although not all questions may be answered at the two-hour seminar, organizers hope the event provides a good starting point for participants to discuss these topics with their loved ones.

"We want to break the myths and misunderstandings that people have," said Tammy Lamb. "This isn't just for old people or for sick people. We are all going to die and we have no clue when that time's going to come."

Lamb said the April 8 seminar should provide "a lot of food for thought."

"There are certain things (people) have many questions about," he said. "Maybe this will help clarify some things, but also to bring it full circle."

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or

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