A Hand Cast as a Memorial, Elder Law Attorney, Woodstock, GA

A hospital employee offers a free and unique service for dying patients and their families. She will cast the patient’s hand, often entwined with the hand of a loved one.

When a family member passes away, it is natural to look for some way to preserve his or her memory. A normal way of doing this is to keep some piece of personal property that is meaningfully connected to the deceased.

For example, a daughter might preserve and wear her deceased mother’s favorite bracelet or necklace. Others preserve their memories through photographs or even paintings.

There is another art form that can also be used as a memorial, as The New York Times reports in “Hands of the Dying Offer a Unique Memorial.”

An administrative assistant at the Baylor University Medical Center in Texas will create a custom cast of the hand of any dying patient, who requests it. The casts are specific to the patient and detailed enough to include even the smallest scars and veins. The casts are normally made with the patient holding the hand of another family member.

A husband might have a cast of his hand holding that of his wife, for example. The administrative assistant does not charge anyone for this service.

A similar service is obviously not available everywhere. However, many elderly people and their families might want to use it as inspiration to find their own unique ways to be memorialized.

Reference: New York Times (March 7, 2017) “Hands of the Dying Offer a Unique Memorial.”


Hear From Our Clients

“On the threshold of retirement, we finally decided to quit thinking we could self-prepare the requisite documents. We had previously had only a very simple will. We needed the necessary legal (including updated will) & health care docs but didn’t want to deal with the time & complication of legalese. Cindy made the process relatively painless. She took the time to explain and answer questions without trying to upsell services. We were done in 2 meetings plus the reading of emailed drafts. In addition to preparing the documents, Nelson Eldercare will be there when our adult children need advice on executing the plans we’ve put in place.So glad it’s behind us and would recommend Cindy and her helpful staff.”

- Bonnie

Cindy and her company treat their clients like family. Nelson’s offers clear, direct, and honest guidance in planning for your families security and future. No one wants to actively sit down and make these decisions, but Nelson’s makes this process seamless. I was so impressed with their willingness to answer all questions big or small. So glad I made the decision have them help my mom and dad and now me. You can’t go wrong with Nelson’s Elder Care Law.

- Hope

The very best elder law attorney and staff anyone could ever ask for! I have referred a number of clients to Cindy and she never disappoints. She is kind, caring, and extremely thorough in making sure everything is completed as it should be. I highly recommend Cindy for anyone needing lawyer services; she truly goes above and beyond for every client she helps and has had a huge impact in so many peoples’ lives. Thank you, Cindy and staff, for everything that you do- I’m so glad to know you!

- Kerri

I heard Cindy’s presentation at a Senior Luncheon at my church, and was very impressed. She helped my daughter and me understand many aspects of elder law. Josh has also been very helpful in my planning to enter an independent living situation . I have told many friends about them.

- Charlotte

Cindy and the Nelson Elder Care Law team are trustworthy and helpful. They are the experts in elder care law. At Leaf Cremation, we entrust our families to the care of the Nelson team when their services are needed.

- Pierce