Death of a friend or a loved one of the toughest things we have to face in the future. Samantha Betten is our guest in today's episode to talk about the gift of grief. You can listen to the show at http://rockyourretirement.libsyn.com/the-gift-of-grief

The Gift of Grief

The Gift of Grief

You can give a gift to your family, the gift of grief.  We cannot escape death but we can embrace the process. Samantha Betten helps people give one of the greatest gifts they can give to their family, the gift of grief, or pre-planned funerals.

When someone has pre-planned their funeral, they give the gift of grief to their family members. If the funeral is not pre-planned, then instead of being able to grieve, someone has to make all the arrangements and not everyone is able to do.


Her motto is as follows:

  • Protecting the people you love, the businesses you build, and the causes you care about.
  • When life hits those lows, use that opportunity to convert sadness into strength.

At speaking engagements her goals are to: “Rock the talks, engage the audience, speak with a purpose, and make a wonderful warm impression even if it's not a happy, palatable topic”.
Taking care of families and helping folks in difficult times takes integrity, ethics, and trust.
She has over 20 years’ experience in community outreach, marketing, insurance and finance.
Her specialties are: Community Outreach, Pre-planning: Life and Death, and a Licensed Funeral Director. She also speaks both English and Spanish.


Samantha has been helping people with their life choices since 1988. It all began with life insurance choices and progressed into end of life full circle options.

Samantha’s father was her first influence to catapult her into this path.  She helps families with the passing of their loved ones in large part, because of her experience with her father.  It paralyzed her family with grief and so she had to do all the planning.  She wasn't allowed to grieve on her own because she had to be the strong one for her mother and the rest of her family.  She knows that family ties are key.  She also assists the family of veterans to help get them the resources they need.

Samantha helps people plan the funerals that they want based on their own religious convictions, if any. She has also helped with funerals where there was more than one faith involved.

It’s usually one person in the family that has to take charge of the funeral.   Many times they have to do this while they are grieving.  It’s a gift to do some pre-planning so that your family can focus on comforting each other instead of trying to make arrangements.  You are giving the gift of grief.

Something people should know before they retire:

Most people plan their retirement, their money, long term care, their housing but they don’t plan for the inevitable. They need to plan their funeral the way that they want it.

How to get “unstuck” in your retirement:

Successful retirement to me is when your dreams and plans come together and your worries minimize.  Retirement should be a wonderful time when cares and worried are minimized. Do whatever you can do so that you have minimum worries so that you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Contact information:

Phone: 619-913-3834 or 619-280-0101

Email: preplanwithsam@gmail.com

Website:  http://sandiegofuneralservice.com

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