People tell me all the time ‘You should write another book on how to plan for death!’ Fortunately, hundreds of others have thought the same thing and have done exactly that. I then refer them to a couple of my favorites.
The first and most comprehensive example I found that I typically take with me to events and speaking gigs is Putting Things in Order – A Journal to Organize Your Life for the Next Generation by Ellen Baumritter and David Finkle. It is spiral-bound, easy to complete and has the perfect amount of sentiment and business balance for my taste.
Recently a friend sent me a link to a Seattle television interview with Chanel Reynolds at Get Your Shit Together. Chanel lost her husband unexpectedly at a young age and found herself at the hospital dumbfounded and thinking I do not have my shit together! Few survivors do. Her contemporary website is full of up-to-date downloads/templates, (non-legal) advice, and (if you can’t tell by the name of the organization) honest, proactive and fun solutions to get your shit together for your survivors.
We are expanding our services at HSM and we gladly join the ranks of these two of hundreds of other resources available to everyone who has a computer or a book store nearby. Do it for the survivors you leave behind, they will need all the help they can get. Peace.