Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader and volunteers with the elderly playing her designed The Write Word Game. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Author: Karen Jones
Publisher: Quill Driver Books
Karen Jones states in her book, Death for
Beginners – Your No-Nonsense, Money-Saving Guide to Planning for
the Inevitable, “…the average cost of an adult funeral will
soon be $7323 … And that does not include costs for the plot,
marker, flowers or obituary.”
With two hundred and forty-three pages, this
paperback book is a complete resource for every human being that
acknowledges their own mortality and wants to prepare in advance for
their demise. Written especially for the control freak that wants to
know every aspect of his or her deceased body handling and discard,
financial costs and disbursement of inheritance or social etiquette
on the internet, here are not only the answers, but so much more.
Insightful and informative, author Jones writes
humorously and sometimes irreverently from the pre-death decisions to
grieving months or years later. The textbook has eight chapters that
cover what to do with your body, ground burial verses cremation
options, coffin and urn choices, funeral and memorial service
tidbits, informing others of your passing, leaving a clear paper
trail and closure. The appendix includes almost sixty pages of
worksheets in fill-in-the-blank format, resources, bibliography,
glossary and index.
You not only learn the low-end costs of basic cremation ($1,000), burial ($6,000), mummification ($67,000) or cryogenics ($150,000) but how to do each, pros and cons and websites to research. Entombment is cheaper as less labor than digging a hole, there are rules to a green ecological burial, and one can even prepare the body and do it at home. Knowing the Funeral Rules, you can call companies with knowledge and confidence about prices and services rendered. Or choose to have a casket-building party, a cardboard box for under $200 or a simple $50 cremation urn that can get past TSA security.
The book has a myriad of information, pricing, tips
and downright funny ideas and stories that will make you smirk as you
plan your final exit. Write your own glowing and professional
obituary in advance but remind those left behind to be careful of
identity theft with the death certificate. Know ways to inform social
media of your good-bye party or leave postmortem notes online for
future viewing. Don’t forget to pre-order that solar powered
memorial marker, complete with a lamb symbolizing innocence or have a
pre-inheritance auction with your loving family members so they do
not fight over your prized possessions.
With all seriousness, this book should be in all baby boomer’s hands and filled out lovingly with their aging parent’s wishes or their own. It is a great source of information about a taboo topic that is concise, to-the-point yet written in a fun way.
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