NORTH SAN ANTONIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Launching Lola: The first name helping you deal with and prepare for loss


North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Feb. 16.

Whether it’s a spouse, parent, co-worker or child; whether it’s expected or sudden; death is never something that you can be fully prepared to handle. To make matters worse, there is barely time to grieve before you are forced to deal with the business of death. From decisions like how to settle an estate, to who will care for your pet, to who will be in charge of your bank accounts ---these are just a few of the hundreds of issues to consider when it comes to the end of life. It can be overwhelming to deal with on your own—and that’s where LOLA can help.

LOLA (Loss of Life Advocates), launching this month, was created to serve as a type of concierge service for those preparing for or dealing with death by providing a wide variety of guidance options, services, and referrals for both corporations and individuals, all under one roof.

“At the end of the day, regardless of how much you know, you never know enough,” says Esther Cardenas, founder of LOLA.  

Cardenas, who spent 20 years as a life and health insurance agent, created LOLA after losing both her father and her husband within just two months of each other. She quickly found herself in over her head when it came to processing both the personal and the business side of these devastating losses.

“When you are in a vulnerable position, people can take advantage of you, especially on the business side,” she explains, adding that she learned many lessons the hard way. It was through those experiences that she realized that there was not a comprehensive program in place to address all her many questions. As a result it took her nearly three years of trial and error to settle both estates.

“I didn’t want anyone else to go through what I went through so I created LOLA to serve as a flashlight for people going down this dark tunnel.”

Certified in Grief Recovery Method, Cardenas serves as Chair of the Final Acts Project, Texas, and holds a certification as a DISC (Dominant, Influencing, Steady, and Compliant) Behavioral Specialist.  Her credentials along with her personal experience give this mother of two a unique perspective on end of life issues from both an emotional and practical view that she is able to bring to her clients.

Putting LOLA to Work for Corporations

In addition to guiding individuals through loss, LOLA has a plan in place for corporations as well so that they can effectively and compassionately work with employees during difficult times.

Studies show that employees who return to work too soon after a loss may be less productive, distracted, more likely to make careless errors, or have trouble concentrating. LOLA works with corporations to fill in the gaps that employee benefits and Employee Assistance Programs don’t cover.

“This is a missing link in many corporations,” explains Cardenas. “Having a guide to work with employees that isn’t from corporate HR is important because there are some personal things that an employee might not want to share with employers. We can help employees walk through the process, which benefits the corporation as a whole.”

LOLA offers a corporate package that includes three “Lunch and Learn” workshops for employees that cover topics including legal preparation, funeral and final wishes, and insurance preparation. The package also includes a webinar for supervisors and managers that address ways to support employees during a loss, and 10 hours of private consultation for any employee dealing with or preparing to deal with loss.

“Grieving is a process that can take weeks, months, or even years. Unfortunately many corporations don’t offer adequate bereavement plans, which not only impacts the employee, but the corporation as a whole.”

With the launch of LOLA, companies and individuals have a place to turn in times of loss or a life alternating diagnosis. Whether it’s help preparing paperwork, organizing files, working with insurance companies, or just someone to talk to with a sympathetic ear, LOLA is your first name in navigating the murky waters of loss.

Love and LOLA

Two for One February Offer

During the month of love, in lieu of flowers,

give your spouse the everlasting gift of peace of mind.

Let LOLA help you make sure that both you and your spouse

are prepared in the event of loss.

Through the end of February, LOLA is offering two hours

 of services for the price of one.

(A $300 value)

LOLA SAMPLING OF SERVICES:

Personal Services

Guidance on gathering important documents

Referrals to help you prepare paperwork

Survivor Support

Funeral Home Referrals and Support

Pet Services

Death Certificate Distribution

Corporate Packages

Lunch and Learn Seminars

Webinar for Management

Consultation Hours for Employees

For a complete list of services offered, visit lossoflifeadvocates.com

or call to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Original source can be found here.

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