When I'm Gone

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-09-09
  • Publisher: Boston Mills Pr

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Preparation for loved ones for when you are just not there.All too often, parents, mates or other family members die or go away suddenly without leaving important banking information, house and car maintenance records, PIN numbers, the location of keys, codes, phone numbers, addresses and so much more. Everyone wants to be more methodical in keeping such records and instructions, and Kathleen Fraser provides the guidebook to make it easy for those left behind.Elegantly designed and tastefully illustrated, When I'm Gone is a practical fill-in record book and resource manual to help loved ones better handle all the little details of life when someone dies or is away for extended periods because of debilitating illness or other reasons. This book provides a place to give instructions not only concerning wills, funeral arrangements, insurance, lawyers and last wishes, but also about all the day-to-day details of the household.This book includes useful information and space to write in notes on:Key contacts and the location of important documents, including wills and powers of attorney Medical care and advance medical directives (living wills) Setting up trusts and choosing guardians for children and other dependents Care of pets Finances and property Maintenance of homes and vehicles Access to and operation of computers Instructions for favorite belongings, from family heirlooms to the old set of golf clubs.This is the practical guide to the essential data that anyone left behind, including any executor of a new estate, would love to find in a handy place.

Author Biography

Kathleen Fraser is an editor, author, wife, mother, daughter, aunt and oldest sister, and she feels responsible for almost everyone in her family. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Important People
Documents and Records
Legal Advice
Health and Medical Care
Children and Other Dependents
Home Maintenance
Vehicles and Motorized Tools
Computers, TVs and Other Electronics
Your Favorite Things
Personal History
So Far Away
And in the End
Selected Reading
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IntroductionMany of us have lost parents, partners or other family members and found ourselves suddenly without important banking information, house and car maintenance records, PIN numbers, the location of keys, codes, phone numbers, addresses and more. What if you were suddenly gone? If tomorrow you were run over by a bus, or diagnosed with terminal cancer or found yourself facing a debilitating illness such as Alzheimer's and you knew today that tomorrow you wouldn't be able to look after everything yourself any more? What if you are among the many people who, for one reason or another, have to be away from home for long periods of time -- months, even years? How would your loved ones manage?This is a fill-in book to give instructions to those who are left behind, not only on wills, funeral arrangements, insurance, lawyers and last wishes, but also on all the day-to-day details of your life and household and history, and what they'll need to know to carry on without you. It will be hard enough with you gone without their having to worry about who owes what to whom, what kind of medicine the dog needs, and how to clean out the pool filter. Almost everything they'll wish they could ask you when you are gone can be contained in these pages.One of the basic ideas behind this book is you aren't going to live forever. Some day you are going to die. Wouldn't it be good to face that fact and be a little bit prepared? We prepare for all the other major events in our lives. Why not death?Hand in hand with this idea is the notion that we really can't know what's around the corner. Even before you die, there may be a time, for one reason or another, that you won't be around to keep things running smoothly. You could be sick, you could be called up to serve your country in the military, or you could be sentenced to five years in the slammer for cooking the books. Or you may be suddenly divorced or separated, and sharing responsibility for children who will live away from you part of the time.There will be things your family should know if anything happens to you -- or to them. And there may be friends, neighbors and coworkers who depend on you, and who will wish you had left them a few pointers on how to handle the day-to-day details. By ensuring all the practical information needed is available, and by making your wishes clear, you can better support others and provide for your own needs as well.I have a friend whose husband is a long-distance truck driver. When their kids were young, her husband was on the road a lot and rarely home during the week. As it turned out, at the same time, her father, who had a farm in the country but a job in town, needed a home base in town for weekdays, and so he stayed with her during the week. For years! You can imagine, with three people running the household, that they had to devise a system for communicating everything to each other -- what bills were paid, when the furnace filter needed replacing, when the kids had to register for clubs, and so on. If something had changed and any one of the three responsible adults in their home couldn't be there, a book like this would really come in handy. In other words, you don't have to be a morbid fatalist to use this book.Although sooner or later, you will have to face death. As far as I can tell, apart from living a good life, there's not a lot you can do to plan for life after death. But knowing that your time in this life is limited, you can plan to make it easier for the people you care about to live without you when you're gone. When my father died a few years ago, we were not at all prepared. It was a bit ironic that we were not ready, because his father and brother had both died at fifty of heart attacks, and so my parents considered every year Dad lived past his fiftieth birthday a bonus year. Mom and Dad resolved to do the things they wanted to do and spend time together enjoying each oth

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