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Helping Survivors Manage
Saint Paul, MN

November 19, 2012 || Saint Paul, MN: Helping Survivors Manage is proud to announce that Begin Here: helping survivors manage is the winner of the Death and Dying category in the 2012 USA Best Book Awards. What began as a personal checklist of after death tasks has become an invaluable self-help tool for others struggling to cope with loss.

From the USA Book News Press Release

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: St. Martin’s Press, Harper Collins, Crown, John Wiley & Sons, Hyperion, McGraw-Hill, Sterling, Llewellyn Worldwide, Tyndale House, Thomas Nelson, Sounds True, Chicago Review Press, NASA, American Cancer Society and hundreds of independent houses contributed to this year’s outstanding competition. Keen adds, “Our success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.” Jeffrey Keen, President & CEO, USA Book News.

The winning book is a workbook that guides survivors through the seemingly overwhelming practical and necessary tasks that remain after a death, from residential to financial to personal. Author Kat Reed based the guidebook/toolkit on her own experiences after her mother’s death. Discovering the lack of resources available to help her and her predominantly deaf father with these tasks, Reed was forced to investigate and find solutions to the practical matters for herself. In turn, she self-published her user-friendly book in 2009 as a way to ease this burden for other survivors. The book is in its second edition, printed in 2011.

“When someone dies, there are countless organizations around the world that offer grief support, but none provides the comprehensive solutions we offer,” Reed explains. “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.”

Begin Here: helping survivors manage has garnered national attention and earned acclaim as a 2009 Book Award Finalist in the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and a winner in the North American Bookdealers Exchange Fall 2010 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. More than a dozen local and national mainstream and industry-specific publications have also recognized the book’s immense value and shared positive reviews and endorsements, including the following:

  • Mary Divine, Pioneer Press: “It covers everything from whom to notify at the time of death to how to delegate.”
  • Bill Ward, Star Tribune: “A guidebook/workbook covering everything from bills and pills to wills.”
  • Kim Stacey, Association of Women Funeral Directors: “I can’t say enough about the value of this book.”

As of November 2012, Reed has sold over 1,800 units (including both hardcopy and PDF formats) using Facebook, LinkedIn and her own website and blog to generate interest. Sales are driven by word of mouth, press coverage and speaking engagements. The book is available on the website ( and in select bookstores throughout the United States as well as online stores. The website also provides online forms and letters at no cost.



Begin Here: helping survivors: ISBN 978-1-61623-273-3, spiral bound, sturdy soft cover, 52 pages, 7”x9”, $24.00 hardcopy, $10.00 PDF. Order at


Kat Reed has more than 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 is a former 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. More information on Kat can be found at

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