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

This is the most incredible book! It helps one to prepare to leave this world. In a time of grieving, family and friends won't want to wonder what your wishes are ...they will know! The book contains everything from where you hid the valuables; words you would like spoken at your final service... OR even if you want a service. It has lots of room for you to fill out your thoughts and wishes to your family and friends. There is a section that allows you to express your hopes and dreams for your children. One of the most moving things in the book was: "If you were told you had thirty minutes to live, who would you call and what would you say?" It makes you think about the things in life that go unsaid. It helps to make closure easier. I gave this book to my friends for the holidays. It may sound a bit odd, but after reading the wonderful quotes, the ease of filling in the blanks and knowing that you are making your leaving easier ~ it was a much appreciated gift. Don't hesitate to get your life in order... the clock is ticking. :-) Thank you Lynn for a WONDERFUL insightful book! - R.S.

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.

Several years ago my mom told me if anything happened to her everything I would need would be in her underwear drawer. When she passed away 3 weeks ago I can't begin to describe how much of a relief it was to find this book among the important documents and what a blessing it was that she filled the majority of it out so that we knew exactly what needed to be done and who needed to be called for everything. If you do nothing else for your loved ones, please get this book and update it annually as my mother did. - D.R.

"...it really covers areas that are rarely well addressed in wills and POAs. What are your fondest memories of your family? Where are your hidey-holes? What would YOU like said and remembered at your funeral? What beautiful letters would you want passed on to your children. - T.B.

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

This is an excellent book. Everyone needs to have one of these. I have filled out every page that applies. I told my whole family where it is located should my untimely death occur. I have had to plan and attend many funerals and when there is no plan it can make things difficult and stressful. If you take the time to fill out these pages, even some of them, it will help your family in a time of sorrow and confusion. This book is best for the division of property and sentimental items. It is also a good idea to have a living will and trust. Anyone who's ever had to go through probate or a difficult family situation can relate. For those who haven't, just know that death can often do strange things to people and even the most loving of families can be divided over who gets what. Get this book as a great start to planning an inevitable part of life. - E.E.

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