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DEATH FOR BEGINNERS: Your No-Nonsense, Money Saving Guide to Planning for the Inevitable

Pardon my asking, but when you die, who's coming to your farewell party? Do the invitations include your best friend and exclude cousin Vinny? Will your favorite song be played? Will someone read that funny letter you left behind? Don't know? Haven't thought about it? Would like to plan it but jeeze... death?

Take heart. There is hope and it's called Death for Beginners: a non-threatening, slightly humorous, step-by-step guide to the practical side of death (breathe deeply and remain serene). This hands-on, easy to read, pragmatic manual is directed toward those 76 million Baby Boomers who will soon be dealing with the Grim Reaper and it's just what the national psyche is ready for. Don't believe it? Turn on your TV and watch HBO's Six Feet Under or A&E's Family Plots. Go online and view the Death Clock(TM), the Internet's friendly reminder that life is slipping away. Head to the movies and figure out The Sixth Sense, or read Newsweek's November 11, 2005 issue "Ready or Not, Boomers Turn 60". Let The Learning Channel scare you with near-death experiences. Next, venture onto Amazon.com and scroll through the 2,574 books about death and dying.

Who needs another book on death? One third of the U.S. population, that's who. Why do they need Death for Beginners? Because it's different. THIS book is formatted like a workbook with tons of information, is written in Baby Boomer language, and contains humor. Death for Beginners is a quick read with lots of information, fast. This book helps the reader plan for his own death and guides him through the steps he must take if he is the one left in charge when a family member or close friend dies. For each step in the process, the reader is given facts, definitions, options, examples, pros and cons, costs, checklists and a worksheet to fill out with his choices. Death for Beginners helps the reader quickly accomplish the difficult but necessary task of planning for death.

So if no one knows that you want your memorial service held on the beach with lots of beer and the Rolling Stones blaring "You Can't Always Get What You Want", Death for Beginners is just what the Grim Reaper ordered. Take a deep breath, Buckaroo. Let's get started.

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Death for Beginners
Your No-Nonsense, Money-Saving Guide to Planning for the Inevitable
by Karen Jones
Publication Date: June 2010, March 2012
$14.95 ($15.95 Canada) • Paperback • 6" x 9" • 226 pages
ISBN 978-1-884995-61-3
Personal Finance BISAC BUS050000 Photographs • Worksheets • Index

With humor and efficiency, “Death for Beginners” helps the reader quickly accomplish the difficult but necessary task of planning for death. The book is aimed directly at the Baby Boomer generation—which is rapidly entering its fifties and sixties, and who are facing their parents’ impending mortality—and is written specifically for them using their language, including numerous engaging sidebars that range from the factual to the slightly bizarre.

“Death for Beginners” is a quick read with lots of information, fast. It provides facts at the reader’s fingertips so he doesn’t have to spend a large amount of time reading and digesting. For each topic (cremation, burial, casket choices, organ donation), the reader is given the data, definitions, examples, pros and cons, and then chooses his options on an easy to use worksheets. This is a quick “grab, read, do, and get on with your life” type of book, perfect for this time-constrained “sandwich” generation.

The book emphasizes practicality and frugality, providing the reader with valuable information on saving money in these hard financial times. If smart choices are made beforehand, then expensive choices made from grief will not happen. The reader will gain peace of mind by structuring a plan that will ease the emotional and financial burden on loved ones left behind, will feel good about having accomplished this difficult task, and will have laughed while doing so.

Selected Works

Nonfiction, How-To
A non-threatening, slightly humorous, step-by-step guide to the practical side of death (breathe deeply and remain serene.)
Historical Fiction
In the Scottish Highlands of 1314, huntress Rowan believes she is a child of the forest, never knowing hidden past secrets hidden.
Fate thrusts a vulnerable young woman between an evil duke and a handsome withdrawn king.
A practical step-by-step introduction to the fundamentals of book promotion emphasizing creative strategies for commercial success.