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When I'm Gone: Practical Notes for Those You Leave Behind [Spiral-bound]

Kathleen Fraser
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Book Description

Dec 15 2011

Preparation for loved ones for when you are just not there.

The success of this book--with 80,000 sold--speaks to the aging population and the increase in related activities, such as writing wills, advance directives (living wills), and preplanning funerals.

But When I'm Gone has also proven popular for its practicality. With the information recorded in the book, a prolonged absence or sudden illness is no longer a complication for those left behind. They may need important information like banking details, house and car maintenance records, PIN numbers, the location of keys, codes, phone numbers, addresses and so much more.

Elegantly designed and tastefully illustrated, When I'm Gone is a fill-in record book and a resource manual to better handle all the little details of life when someone is absent, for whatever reason. The book provides a place to give instructions concerning the issues we think of first--e.g., legal, financial--but also all the day-to-day details of the household and the personal notes we never get around to writing.

The book includes useful information and space to write in instructions on where to locate key contacts and essential documents, such as wills, powers of attorney, medical care directives, and living wills.

Important matters may include:

  • Insurance, lawyers, bank, investment and pension details, deeds and mortgages
  • Funeral arrangements and last wishes
  • Setting up trusts and choosing guardians
  • Care of pets
  • Maintenance of homes and vehicles
  • Access to and operation of computers
  • Instructions for favorite belongings.

Everyone wants to keep better track of their records and Kathleen Fraser has designed the perfect way to do so with as little effort as possible. Anyone left behind, whether a housesitter or an executor, would be grateful to find it in a handy place.

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Buy this book for yourself, and leave it behind for someone you love. (Black Expressions 2011-08-06)

Fraser covers the topics you'd expect--documents and records, health and medical care; finances--but she also touches on things that might never cross your mind--pets, computers, TVs and other electronics, your favorite things. And that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.... When I'm Gone makes it easy to gather our information and our thoughts without becoming morbid. It assists readers to think about what's important to them and determine what arrangements still need to be made. The lighthearted, whimsical illustrations help when dealing with such a sensitive subject. It will also help your loved ones...when the time comes. (BookRevu 2011-07-16)

Readers will find comprehensive information and space to make their own notes. (Doris Ohlmann Fifty-Five Plus 2010-05-00)

About the Author

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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I need Feb. 28 2014
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This book arrived in good shape for a used book and it will be very useful to plan for my death and maintain the records my estate will need to be settled. None of us like to think about the inevitable, but the reality is that because of this, too many people die leaving a mess behind. I don't want this to happen so this book is going to be useful to help me keep thinks in order making my executor's job much easier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Aug. 16 2014
By Carole
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I would recommend this book if you like to be organized!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It meets the need Jan. 2 2013
By Mama Duck "Karen" - Published on Amazon.com
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Definitely a good book to use. It's over 100 pages, but well worth the price if you can get your parents/yourself to complete it. Try one chapter at a time, otherwise it could seem overwhelming. The author should consider an electronic format, if not already available with fill & print pages.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should have one Feb. 6 2013
By Mermaid2508 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was recommended to me by a friend and it is well worth the price. I bought one for my sister and she is going to buy one for her sons. I just skip over the sections not applicable to my family and made copies for my family members who will need to know the information.
A great find!!!!!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is certainly a good idea Feb. 9 2013
By Elizabet Blasko - Published on Amazon.com
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I have considered this for a long time and did not know where to start. Though this is a great help in getting things ready it is certainly a daunting task and takes time to gather and organize all that needs to be done for those left behind.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very helpful July 13 2012
By Victoria J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
This book has been very useful in organizing things for my family for when I"m gone. It's easy to use and set up in a logical order.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars May be a good reference. Feb. 13 2013
By L. Cram - Published on Amazon.com
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This book may be useful when completed. A lot of work must be put into it to make it useful however. It will take weeks if not months to do a good job completing it.
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