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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.

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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 saw this book at my brother-in-law's and was impressed with his foresightedness. We all put off thinking about our own demise, but filling out the information in this book is the right thing to do. It has fill-in-the-blank forms to capture all sorts of information for your family or whoever has to handle your affairs after you go. Think about the basics (real estate, insurance, investments), but also think about the many details that right now are only in your head. I particularly liked the Hiding Places section. That covers where you tucked the special jewelry, how to get the safe combination and other nitty gritty details. Some possessions may be special to you, but others don't know the story behind the items. The book has space to list those and the meaning, so your heirs won't chuck out precious family momentos. There's a place to list special dates and to write what you want in your obituary. It encourages you to write a letter to your child and place it in the book for them to read after your death. Really this is a book that every family should have on hand (and filled out). Give your spouse or family the facts and feelings to better cope with a trying time. - V.A.

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.

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 gave a copy of Lynn McPhelimy's book In the Checklist of Life to my elderly aunt and gently asked her to fill in as much as she could. Since I would be administering her estate when the time came, I told her I would find it especially helpful to know certain information in advance, like with whom she would like to share her antiques, her piano, and her extensive music library; what she would like to have in place for her memorial service in terms of music and readings. Lynn's book gave us a starting place for some very important--and very sensitive--discussions. It was wonderful to have it written down in my aunt's own beautiful flowery handwriting. She has since passed on, and I was able to follow the blueprint of her final wishes. And the book itself is a treasure of her late-in-life thoughts and reflections. Thanks, Lynn, for creating a wonderful, useful tool that enables the generations to plan together for their elders' future. - N.S.

This book is a MUST for every person. - J.A.

My husband just recently passed and it was quite sudden. With this book, no matter how or when, my children will know my wishes and there should be no questions. - J.M.

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