Am I Ready to Die? Death 101 [NOOK Book]


Now is the time to prepare. Full of practical advice on an oft-neglected subject, this book will help you answer all of the following questions, along with many more.
• Have I chosen a funeral home?
• Have I set up my memorial funds or donations?
• Does my family know my wishes regarding organ and tissue ...

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Am I Ready to Die? Death 101

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Now is the time to prepare. Full of practical advice on an oft-neglected subject, this book will help you answer all of the following questions, along with many more.
• Have I chosen a funeral home?
• Have I set up my memorial funds or donations?
• Does my family know my wishes regarding organ and tissue donation?
• Which important individuals will need to be notified?
• Am I ready to die?

In times of emotional stress, no one wants to deal with all the messy practical details that come with the death of a loved one. You need to prepare now, so your relatives won't have to worry about how to carry out your final wishes after you pass.

With hands-on worksheets to get you organized, Am I Ready to Die? Death 101 will prove an invaluable resource in helping you know which arrangements you can and should be making now, whom to contact with all your questions, and how to make your passing a time of peace instead of contention.

Put your mind at ease by preparing now for whatever may come.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940000204412
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
  • Publication date: 6/5/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Dedications xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction xvii

What to Do at a Glance xix

Section 1 Overview/Physical Location of Records 1

Overview 2

Personal and Financial Records 3

Important Individuals 10

Temporary Guardianship of Children and Adults 16

Permanent Guardianship of Children and Adults 19

Physical Location of Records and Documents 20

Safe and Lock Boxes 25

Safe Deposit Boxes 28

Post Office and Personal Mailboxes 30

Keys 32

Passwords, Combinations, Pins 34

Licenses-Professional and Private 37

Section 2 Funeral Arrangements and Burial 39

Your Final Wishes 40

Types of Services Available 49

Cremation vs. Burial 50

Choosing a Funeral Home 51

Your Obituary 54

Funeral and Burial Instructions 57

Paying for Your Funeral 58

Death Certificate 59

Section 3 Money Matters 61

Insurance 62

Social Security 66

Veterans Affairs 69

Financial Institutions 72

Credit, Debit, Cash Cards 74

Trusts, Treasury Bonds, CDs, Inheritance Funds 81

Stocks, Bonds, Annuities 83

IRAs, 401(k), 403(b), 457(k) 85

Investments 87

Retirement and Pension Accounts 89

Taxes 91

Section 4 Possessions 93

Real Estate/Real Property 94

Guns 104

Jewelry/Gemstones 106

Workshop and Power Tools 108

Miscellaneous Valuables 111

Liquid Assets 114

Vehicles 117

Pets 121

Livestock and Animals 123

Self-care Item Donations 125

Setting Up Memorial Funds or Donations 127

Section 5 Appendix 129

Appendix A Legal Matters 131

Appendix B Advanced Medical Directives 137

Appendix C Donating Organs or Tissues 145

Appendix D Sample Letters to Family and Friends 147

Appendix E More Sample Letters 151

Appendix F References155

Appendix G Terms and Abbreviations 161

Update Form 168

Notes 169

About the Authors 172

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