The Cadence Experience with Serese Selanders

Written by

Amy Liebaert and Kayleigh Feschuk

“Cadence gives me peace of mind that I’m going to get it done, and get it done right.” - Serese Selanders

In times of grief and loss, navigating the complex process of settling a loved one's estate can feel overwhelming. Cadence was developed with the grieving person at the core of its functionality, and there is nothing more validating than to hear that our mission of changing the way people grieve is being accomplished.

In August, we had the privilege of sitting down with Serese Selanders, CEO of Solusguard. Serese shared her personal experience and insights on how Cadence played an instrumental role in lifting the administrative burden of settling her father’s estate after his recent passing.

In this blog, we will highlight the most standout aspect of Serese’s experience with Cadence. If you are a funeral professional who is looking to provide your clients with an adjacent experience, you can book a free consultation with one of our Cadence representatives here.

Being an executor once, doesn’t make the second time any easier.

“Even with [the passing of] my dad, you would think: ‘Maybe it's going to be easier the second time around.’ But it wasn't easier, because I forgot about everything that I did before. I couldn't remember, it was a long time ago. Secondly, with the passing of the second spouse, it's a lot more complicated at this stage.”

Until you’re in the throes of estate settlement, it’s hard to see how difficult it truly is.

“Until you're in the middle of it, you don't really appreciate how difficult and challenging that it is. And so I was stressed out, completely worried and wondering what's going to fall through the cracks. What did I miss? What was I supposed to do? When you add on the emotional component of it and the pressure that I'm supposed to do this right for my family, it's a lot to take in.”

A personalized, clearly mapped out approach to estate settlement is instrumental to the grieving brain.

“The road map that was personalized, itt was step by step: These are the things that you need to do now, it needs to be taken care of immediately, then some of these things you don't have to think of. [Cadence] prioritized for me what to tackle and when to tackle each one of those items, so I didn't have to think about it. Not having to think of things is incredibly important during that period of time.”

As tasks are completed, it’s crucial to be able to keep track of progress and feel a sense of accomplishment.

“I'm also a list person and I love to be able to check things off on a list. Having the ability to say, ‘Okay, that's done, this is done,’ was fantastic because not only could I accomplish that task, but I could essentially set it behind me and move on to the next one and feel as though something was accomplished. At that stage, you never feel like anything is accomplished. Everything seems overwhelming and that you're not really getting anywhere. And so using the tool is kind of a pat on the back, if you will, that says ‘Yeah, you're doing the right thing.’”

“I wouldn’t even hesitate a moment to consider Cadence. Just do it.”

“It is going to save you so much time, so much anxiety, it's going to give you peace of mind. It's going to make your job, because it is a job unfortunately, so much easier. So do it, just do it. Because I've done this before, I have [used] other options. And so I can say with absolute certainty that there is no better option than this. This is what people should be using. This is unlike anything else that's out there and it's absolutely needed.