Speaker, Author, Life Organizer Extraordinaire!

A book worth having!
"...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.

I will never be as organized as I would like to be, but, I hope I will always laugh the way I laughed in this last hour. Terrific! -

Fantastic book when you have a spouse who doesn't have the slightest idea...
Fantastic book when you have a spouse who doesn't have the slightest idea as to how the house is run, the finances, insurance, etc. - R.R.

Easy to use, understand and complete. Just completing it I know I will feel a sense of peace.
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.

Filled with outlines and quotes to encourage you along the way.
A wonderful way to update all your important information; filled with outlines and quotes to encourage you along the way. The author is simply a fantastic person! - D.T.

That's what friends are for.
Bought it for a friend. She loves it! - V.L.

No questions left answered.
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.

It covers everything!
The perfect solution... it covers everything! - M.M.

Thanks, Mom.
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.

Thanks, Lynn, for creating a wonderful, useful tool that enables the generations to plan together for their elders' future.
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.

Get this book as a great start to planning an inevitable part of life.
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.

Thank God for the septic tank!
On behalf of all of the folks you've helped, I sure am glad your parents didn't have city sewer. Thank God for the septic tank! - S.K.

Thank you Lynn for a WONDERFUL insightful book!
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 those "special" papers to the 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.

This book is a MUST for every person.
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.

Filling out the information in this book is the right thing to do!
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.

Best presentation of the day! -

This book is smart, it's funny, it makes you think, it makes you cry.
"In the Checklist of Life" was a book that I found to be indispensible. In retrospect, after losing someone close to you, you realize how important this book really is. I have always joked with my family about writing my own obituary, and here is my very own chapter in which to do just that. The chapter about your pets is one that should not be missed for all pet lovers. This book is smart, it's funny, it makes you think, it makes you cry. Be kind to your family and fill in the pages of this wonderful book. They will forever be thankful. - C.D.

It's a peaceful feeling...
After losing my mother in April, I realized just how much more difficult it would have been had I not had this book. She spelled out everything I needed to know to fullfill her wishes and to make the process easier for me. EVERYONE, no matter the age, should have their own copy to assist their family once they are gone. It's a peaceful feeling knowing you've taken care of your family member exactly the way they would have liked. - A.R.

Thank you for your wisdom.
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.

Absolutely amazing presentation! Essential information. Hit home. -

Without it we would have been utterly LOST.
I found this book on my Daddy's desk last week when he died. Without it we would have been utterly LOST. I came up here to purchase this book for my desk - it was indispensible, and once again my GOOD Father has shown me the RIGHT way to help loved ones. - C.S.

Hilariously funny and engaging! -

My sister and I are anxious to update our info in the book.
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.

Who knows when it's our turn to say "Hooroo"
I'm a dinky di Aussie, born in Adelaide, South Australia 49 yrs ago next Wed...boy, how'd I get there? Your book is something that is close to the bone. I have always lived by the saying "Nobody promises tomorrow!"; so who knows when it's our turn to say "Hooroo"; (Aussie expression)(goodbye). Thank you for such a great book! - K.C.

I would love to hear Lynn over and over again. Lynn was great! -

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

This book was the most incredible blessing!
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.

I was inspired. I will remember Lynn's suggestions. It was so much fun being at her presentation. -

Some of the best information I have ever received! -

Entertaining presentation full of valuable information. -

Best person I have ever heard speak! Thank you! -

Excellent!!! Loved it…Great motivational speaker, sense of humor, engaging…I would love to see her again! -

Surely minds have been changed and are more free to look at the future with a bit less angst.
Thank you. Lynn I love the book and know some lives have been changed because of it. Surely minds have been changed and are more free to look at the future with a bit less angst. God bless you. - J.A.

Another career for Lynn should be life comedienne! Very interesting and entertaining at the same time. -

Excellent. Refreshing! Funny & true. Poignant (heart) Thank you! -

It was great! I am fascinated with your perspective on life. I wanted to hear more! - C.M.-Duke University Medical Center

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I cannot thank you enough nor spread your message enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you! - M.P.

She gave me the incentive to start getting things in order in my house and life!
Lynn is a very motivational speaker. She gave me the incentive to start getting things in order in my house and life! She kept everyone laughing. - A.A.

Lynn inspired many to go home, think about what has been left unsaid or assumed and then take action to sit down, and tell their loved ones about what is really important.
Lynn guides families through the “everyday ordinary” details of life planning to ease the transition for their loved ones and to give voice to their legacy. She shares not only why starting the conversations are so important, but how to begin. Lynn's honesty, vulnerability, and most of all humor through the use of some wonderfully effective visual examples made everyone feel engaged and comfortable with what could otherwise be difficult topics. She inspired many to go home, think about what has been left unsaid or assumed and then take action to sit down, and tell their loved ones about what is really important. Like the map to the septic system her father bequeathed her, she gave the class a map of ideas to view long-term planning as a personal creative exercise. - C.B. -Yale School of Medicine

Enjoy life to the fullest and have no regrets.
The best presentation ever! Inspiring, engaging, informative. It made me think about enjoying life to the fullest and having no regrets. - A.B.

Reassess and reevaluate important things in my life NOW...
Engaging! Made me stop and think. Timely reminder to reassess and reevaluate important things in my life NOW - A.C.

I wish I had this information ahead of time!
Thank you for sharing your insight. - A.D.

The presentation grabs your attention and you don't want it to end! - A.D.

Always something new to learn.
This is the second time I have come to this presentation. Always entertaining. Always something new to learn. Lesson: Clean out your top dresser drawer so that no one else has to… - A.E.

Important to organize your life...
Very inspiring, very funny, full of useful information about how it is important to organize your life for your yourself and your loved ones! - B.B.

It’s never too late to think about the “what-ifs” and get organized! - B.V.

Great…relevant…informative…funny! - C.B.

Lynn is high energy! - D.B.

We highly recommend Lynn as a speaker!
Lynn’s desire to help others get started with difficult topics was well evidenced by her inclusion of personal experiences relayed in a humorous style that resonated with our employees at Aetna. They were motivated to begin to organize their lives and have conversations with loved ones in a way that is easy to accept. Lynn was well prepared and her utilization of props was engaging and easily understood by both our in-person and audio audiences. Reaction to Lynn’s presentation was extremely positive. We highly recommend Lynn as a speaker and look forward to her second appearance for our employees. - D.Z.-Aetna

Dynamic…funny…great stories…totally motivating! - E.N.

There is time to be in control of your life! - F.S.

A must see! A must hear! A must read! - H.G.

On a scale of 1 to 5--it’s a 10! - I.B.

...thank you for that very clear, often funny, and much needed gift I got from your program.
I just finished watching your program on tv. I was completely engrossed by the remarkable stories that you told not only about your life but from people that have shared their stories with you. I think filling out your book is an excellent project for me and my family to work on. I recently lost my aunt, my mother's sister, and watched as my mother had to deal with her belongings and insurance policies. It was at that time that I realized that I didn't have a clue what my 78 year old mother would want if she passed before me. So with that in mind, I wanted to write and thank you for that very clear, often funny, and much needed gift I got from your program on public television.I saw on your website that you are working on another book and I am looking forward to reading it! The way you presented the information gives people the permission to talk openly and that's what my family needs. I am as I write this about to order the book from your website. - J.G.

Everyone needs to experience Lynn’s talks. - J.M.

You have an amazing gift that you share.
I just wanted to say again how grateful I am to have met you! Thank you, thank you for everything! I feel so blessed to have met you to be reminded to NEVER GIVE UP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF! You have an amazing gift that you share. We will always remember your name, always remember your message, and will, therefore, always remain changed forever. - K.D.

I never have looked at organizing as fun until now!
I have been working on trying to get organized for the past couple of years. I never have looked at it as fun until now! - K.W.

Thank you for opening up our eyes and our hearts! - L.K.

We could have listened for hours!
Your presentation--You have such a unique gift of compassion and humor. We were sorry that the presentation ended. We could have listened for hours! - M.C.

An amazing presentation that gets you thinking! - N.B.

Lynn has the great ability to relate to the audience on several levels. - N.M.

Insightful, creative and practical planning for the future! - R.F.

Touching and eye-opening! - R.T

Lynn gives us a fresh perspective! - S.A.

A humorous approach to a necessary topic! - S.M.

What a simple yet profound message! - S.T.

We marveled at the fact that Lynn presented the material in a fun and realistic way. - T.E.

I never thought that “sacred” t-shirts could become a memory quilt! - T.H.

Lynn is entertaining and the program is so informative. - W.R.

© 2012 All rights reserved. Lynn McPhelimy
Author, Motivational Speaker, Consultant
Palm Tree Creative