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Before I Go
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Guide

Introduction

SECTION ONE - Preparation

1 Why Now?

2 The Elephant in the Room

3 Why Bother?

4 Talking about Death

5 Grief and Bereavement

6 Ageing without Children

7 What Is a Body?

8 Attunement

SECTION TWO - Taking Action Introduction

9 Looking after the Legals and Financials
Wills
Power of Attorney
Advance Directives
Financial Affairs

10 Practical Household Matters
Your House or Home
Vehicles
Decluttering Your Home

11 Family, Friends, and Personal Information
Personal Information
Leave a Living Legacy
Secrets

12 Last Days' Wishes
People You Want around You
Location
Saying Goodbye
Pets

13 For Small Business Owners
Grief at Work
The Financial Impact of Your End of Life
Types of Business
Planning in Advance

14 Obstacles to Taking Action

OBSTACLE 1: Fear of Making a Commitment

OBSTACLE 2: Fear of Getting It Wrong

OBSTACLE 3: Fear of Offending People

OBSTACLE 4: Not Knowing What You Want

OBSTACLE 5: Procrastinating

OBSTACLE 6: Needing to Declutter but Being Overwhelmed By Stuff

OBSTACLE 7: Practical Lack of Support

OBSTACLE 8: Thinking You Are a Body Only

15 After Death
Embalming
Organ Donation
Disposal of Bodies
Funerals
Celebrants
Eulogy
Obituary

16 Your Digital Life - Passwords, Privacy, and Pragmatism
Passwords Social Media Accounts

17 Keeping It All Up to Date
When to Make Amendments

Conclusion

Resources

Endnotes

Index

Acknowledgements


About the Author

About the Author

Jane Duncan Rogers is an award-winning life and death coach who helps people prepare well for a good end of life. Having been in the field of psychotherapy and personal growth for 25 years, she is founder of Before I Go Solutions, dedicated to educating people about dying, death, and grief. Jane lives within the Findhorn community in Scotland, UK.

Reviews

"I recommend Before I Go to everyone I know. Creating a good end of life plan is helpful in so many ways. Not least, it is an eminently practical guide to living your life to the fullest NOW!" * ROBERT HOLDEN, author of Shift Happens, Loveability and Happiness Now *
"Loving, caring, and careful, this is a wonderfully practical book for everyone. Sooner or later we all have to manage the process of approaching death--either our own or our loved ones. This single compassionate book will take you through everything you need to know. The highest praise I can give is that I will use it myself. So thank you, Jane. I am grateful." * WILLIAM BLOOM, author of The Power of Modern Spirituality and The Endorphin Effect *
"Jane has produced nothing less than a work of true art in completing this guidebook, Before I Go. Those of us who work in the field of death and dying have been waiting for such a comprehensive, passionate, resourceful, and thoroughly researched manual. I trust this book because I trust the authenticity of its author. Jane's own face-to-face experiences with death when her beloved Philip died show us that she knows well the places of rawness in the human heart. I trust Jane as a companion for mine and will recommend this book to friends and students alike. And having listened to Jane's advice I have decided, "before I go" I will plan my own happy death!" * PHYLLIDA ANAM-AIRE, author of A Celtic Book of Dying, Celtic Wisdom and Contemporary Living *
"From spiritual seekers to pragmatists like me, there will be something for everyone in Jane's book. It will help those who've done a journey of loss and grief, those whose health signals a predictable trajectory, and those who are hail and hearty and just want to be prepared, whatever the future holds. I feel I can confidently guarantee that whoever you are, wherever you're coming from, you will find something in Jane's words of wisdom that resonate, and you'll find yourself thinking: 'Aha, that's why I'm reading this book'." * BARBARA CHALMERS, founder of Final Fling and author of Too Busy To Die? *
"As doctors, we say 'prevention is better than cure'. Jane's approach to end of life is very positive. She provides all the tools for a plan which can be easily accessed at the time of death by any member of the family. Because it has been taken care of many months before, there are no surprises, so loved ones feel the immediate benefit and can go forward with confidence knowing what was wanted, even just by doing the 'How Prepared Are You?' quiz. I say, 'prevent the pain with the plan'." * DR. DOREEN MILLER, author of The Healthy Business Bridge *
"Without Jane's help, we wouldn't have done anything other than a will and some financial information; and we'd have been much less organized. Through our work with her, and the very useful discussions and information, we got clear about what we wanted and didn't want and wrote it down. Jane had a gift for getting us disciplined in a very supportive way, and working together as a couple doing this has made us realize how invaluable it has been. * DELCIA McNEIL, author of Bodywork Therapies for Women, and RUSSELL McNEIL, homeopath *
"This is a way to bring the many facets of planning for end of life into one place. There are so many things to think about, and also the ones you don't know to think about! Jane's approach for planning and her style of conversation and gentle prodding make it much easier to think about the 'how' of planning for end of life, no matter what stage you're in. While I plan with my mother, I am also having conversations with my husband. As we get older our plan will change, but we do now have a plan and know what the other wants." * MARY VARGAS, founder of Achieve Consulting Group, LCC *
"For anyone who has a blended family or has been remarried, this course and workbook is a MUST! Having the excuse that I had an assignment from Jane's course made it easy to open the conversation with my husband, when previously I could not hold his attention for 15 minutes on this topic. And now I feel like I have created a 'living document,' not a 'death document'." * PATTY BURGESS BRECHT, president of Possibility *
"Being on the course drove home how much this service is needed; I simply would not do this without handholding. The gap between thinking about it and actually doing it was made blazingly apparent." * MYSTE ANDERSON, founder of Bittersweet Blessing *

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