Posted on 30th March 2009 by Kat

the author

Kat Reed, the author Photographer Valerie Ralph www.alviska.com

Helping Survivors Manage is committed to delivering practical everyday assistance to the people left behind after a death.

Following the funeral, after everyone has left and you return to the empty residence of the departed, where do you begin? Begin Here…

Contact us:
Helping Survivors Manage
kat [at] HelpingSurvivorsManage [dot] com
HelpingSurvivorsManage [dot] com

Kat Reed has written the definitive book on what to do when a loved one dies based on her own experiences after her mom’s death. She soon discovered the lack of resources available to help her and her predominantly deaf dad with these tasks; in turn, she created the user- friendly toolkit Begin Here - answering “Where do I begin?” Begin Here guides survivors through the seemingly overwhelming practical and necessary tasks that remain after a death; from residential to financial to personal. Leveraging Reed’s unique insights, invaluable suggestions, and organizational skills will help anyone simplify this process.

When someone dies, there are countless organizations around the world that offer grief support, but none provides the product we offer.  Helping Survivors Manage was created on the foundation of most new ventures: a void in the market. We hope to fill that need with our experienced team of subject matter experts (those who have been through it, as well as funeral directors, professional organizers,
hospice, health and death care professionals) to help others through this difficult time.

Kat Reed has over 25 years experience in the financial/business world. Her background in bookkeeping and office management gives her the unique ability to address both the details and the big picture. She has been a hospice volunteer and has an affinity for the elderly. She became interested in the issues survivors face when both her parents died in a thirteen month span. The book arose from Kat’s own work helping her predominantly deaf father manage her mother’s affairs when her mom died. Kat and her dad wondered how people manage all these tasks when they don’t have a family or support system.

Mission Statement:
Mindful of the long term death care issues faced by millions every year, we are committed to providing practical assistance to every person in need of help after a death. Through up-to-date self-help tools and innovative solutions, we strive to become and remain the world leader in helping survivors manage after a death.

  1. Kim Prayfrock says:

    I loved the Pioneer Press article. I work in assisted living and this would be a great book to give to families. Do you ever come out to talk to groups?

    30th March 2009 at 6:04 pm

  2. Kat says:

    Thank you! Yes, I would be interested in that, I will give you a call today to discuss options. Thank you again!

    30th March 2009 at 7:30 am

  3. wendy hockbein says:

    I just sent a request for this book, I lost my husband 12.18.09. He did not want to discuss death and had his own very unique way to file things.
    I am lost as how to proceed, your article in the paper could not have come at a better time.

    30th March 2009 at 7:49 am

  4. Lizette says:

    Which booksellers have this book in the Bay Area? Or in San Francisco?

    30th March 2009 at 11:22 am

  5. Kat says:

    We are trying to find a reseller in the Bay Area, I will keep the site updated as soon as I get an order. Sorry…and thank you!

    30th March 2009 at 3:27 pm

  6. Women to Watch | ElizaOne, Inc. says:

    […] My good friend Kat Reed is a local author who recently published a much needed resource for those of us who have lost loved ones and struggled to organized the work to do when closing out their affairs.  Kat wrote the book “Begin Here, helping survivors manage” you may have seen the featured artical in the Pioneer Press about Kat last month, her work focuses on the practical tasks that need to be managed after death.  http://helpingsurvivorsmanage.com/about […]

    30th March 2009 at 9:13 am

  7. PaulK says:


    These guys are 2 blocks from us in SF. They are independent and might want to carry it.


    I can stop in and see if you like.


    30th March 2009 at 1:02 am

  8. Book Review — Begin Here: Helping Survivors Manage | Tender Loving Eldercare says:

    […] Begin Here was created by Kat Reed after she and her father went through the process of managing her mother’s affairs.  She translated their personal experience into this wonderful resource guide.  And it’s obvious much thought and care went into every detail of its production. […]

    30th March 2009 at 4:03 am

  9. Mary Albitz says:

    Kat, I met you at a WONN networking meeting and bought 3 of your books. I have already dispersed them for use. I feel like I need about 10 more of them as I gave them to people I wasn’t expecting to give them to. Everyone has really appreciated them so far.

    30th March 2009 at 1:06 pm

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