Speaker, Author, Life Organizer Extraordinaire!

In the Checklist of Life!

THIS IS YOUR LIFE! Get it organized!

Where do you start? Right here in this "working book"

Don't leave behind confusion, frustration and a pile of unanswered questions.

Leave a personalized plan!

A review describes what the book is all about in more ways than one: "Death is certain. Life is not." So begins this commonsensical, infinitely useful workbook that's aimed at helping your survivors handle the requisite legal and household affairs after your death. Author Lynn McPhelimy was inspired to write the book when her parents were both diagnosed with terminal cancer and her father said to her,"You know when I'm gone, I don't want the yard all dug up when youre looking for the septic tank. So here is this little map."


It's a book that's not meant just for the elderly or the seriously ill, but for anyone who wants a handy reference with all the necessary "facts of life" in one spot. This way, your family won't be left grieving and scrambling around trying to find your Social Security number, or the name of your insurance company, your lawyer, your second cousin who's supposed to be left your antique lead crystal vase... you get the picture.

The book includes the nitty-gritty: writing a will, what music you want played at your funeral or memorial service (that is, if you want one), what should be included in your obituary or epitaph, and a hundred other things you've pondered but never bothered to deal with. Granted, this is scary terrain, but it'll make things a lot less traumatic for your survivors if they feel organized and know things like where you hide the key to your safe deposit box and which bank it's with. It also covers the intricacies of your house, with space for recording the facts you take for granted: where's the damn fuse box? Do you have anything hidden in the attic, under floor boards, or somewhere else? Which sentimental items do you want left with whom or donated to which charity? What are the stories behind those objects that make them sentimental, anyway? And who's that person in the back row of the old family photo tha's hidden at the bottom of a shoe box that was stashed in the back of the hallway closet??

In addition to its practicality, this workbook is also meant to be a keepsake, with space for writing down memories of important life events and things you've always meant to accomplish, the things you've always meant to tell people.

In the Checklist of Life also functions as a psychological kick in the pants, inspiring you to actually get out and do those things you've promised yourself you'd get around to, "one of these years."

- Erica Jorgensen, Amazon.com

Check out some of the many topics that will get you started talking and writing:

Just the Facts:

Your name, residence, employer, military info, contact information for doctors, lawyers, accountants, etc.

Numbers, Numbers and More Numbers: 

  • Banking

  • Insurance

  • Credit Cards

  • Investments

  • Benefits 

The Material World: 

  • Real Estate: Near and Far 

  • Important to the Well-Being of the Home and Yard 

  • Vehicles: Land, Sea and Air – Things to Keep the Vehicles Seasonally Happy

  • Stuff and the Story Behind It

  • Hiding Places: We all have them, but, where are they?

Remember When: The Memory Bank

Important-to-Me People

Not-To-Be Forgotten Special Dates

The Other Children in my Home: My Pets

Just Between You and Me...

Preparation for the Big Day: 

  • Preparing a Will and a Living Will
  • The Final Dress Rehearsal: Disposition of My Body: Cremation ? Donation or Burial ? 
  • What Shall I Wear?  
  • Who's in Charge Here?

Location, Location, Location: The Plot, the Urn or the Wind?

The Final Press Release: Your Obituary 

The Big Day Arrives! 

  • The Command Performance: The Service
  • Musical Selections 
  • Readings
  • Parting Words

I have been meaning to get things in order but never seem to do so. I am hoping to complete this book soon so all my important information, and especially my last wishes will be granted by my family or whoever is with me until the end. It organizes all your important information which will be invaluable to your family upon your disability or demise. Although I have conveyed my wishes to my family, putting it in writing, in my own hand will enable them to carry them out without any hesitation. I like the fact that it is easy to use, understand and complete. Just completing it I know I will feel a sense of peace. - B.L.

It helps you to gauge where you are in your walk in this life and helps you to chronicle your wants, needs, assets, personal and financial information, and desires very simply and directly. Putting things down on paper helps you plan and see the bigger picture, but more importantly, it will be an immense help to your family in the event of your death. I recommend it highly. I give it as gifts and ask the recipients to purchase and give a copy to someone else to express their appreciation, if they so desire. EVERY ONE should have a copy...taking the time and care to fill in the necessary information. It will make things easier for your family when you leave this life. You will benefit from it during your lifetime also, because it provides a quick and handy reference (and access) to important information that is crucial to living and dying... - J.A.

I just wanted to drop a note and let you know how much I appreciate your book. As I was filling it in, I received a great peace from it. My husband and I are in our early 50's and have planned well. Since we work together every day, we must leave things prepared for the children. I even listed the credit cards and now would know where to call if my purse was lost or stolen. Thank you for your wisdom in composing this book and may it help many others as it has me. May God Bless you and yours. - R.H.

An amazing blueprint...This book was the most incredible blessing when we lost a loved one recently. The time of a death, there are so many emotions, and so many decisions to make -- the guidance of this book, filled in in advance, is an amazing blueprint to make that transitional time early in grieving so much easier. Not only does it offer a place to record vital information about insurance policies, bills, assets, safe deposit boxes, etc -- but it also includes places to write to those you love, write stories you remember of your parents, write accounts of your children's early days. So, you see, it creates not only a black and white fact organizer, but a flesh and blood gift of the heart to those left behind. Invaluable. - T.A.

Your book is great! My mother just died 3 weeks ago and left us her wishes in this book as a wonderful legacy. She also purchased copies for us. My sister and I are anxious to update our info in the book.Thank you for this wonderful book, and by the way...mom didn't have a septic tank but she did indicate where the water main shut-off valve was! - A.S.

Bought it for a friend. She loves it! - V.L.

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Author, Motivational Speaker, Consultant
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