Book Review:: The Gift of Preparation by Carole Sandberg

A great must have book for those difficult conversations!

I have been blessed to meet an inspirational woman lately who lives amongst us, her name is Carole and like many of us enjoys the gorgeous Northern Beaches as her home.

Carole could be any of us. She loves her life, enjoys her kids and her grandkids, she is a busy woman running a successful business. Sadly though, Carole husband passed away recently and like most of us would like to think, she had prepared for every eventuality.

When reality hit;

How well do you know your partner?

Would you be able to close accounts, close Internet accounts, do you know where all the documentation is?
Do you have copies of them? Do you know their online passwords? Carole’s kids wanted their dad’s FaceBook page taken down, she didn’t have the passwords.

Carole has written a practical book that makes a difficult time less stressful for the loved ones left behind.

As Carole says” In our society, more often than not, within a relationship, each partner has specific roles that they take responsibility for.  Generally speaking, the modus operandi does not include keeping the other partner up-to-date with or specifically informed about any of the details.  Our lives are filled with an enormous variety of activities and responsibilities, a lot of them simply taken for granted because one or the other in a relationship is taking care of things. But what happens when they are not there to do this?”

Death is something we all know will happen but we don’t usually know when…simple things like if you do all the shopping and cooking, would your partner know how to do it? They have to know more than how to just survive! Who always pays the bills in the house? Does the partner know how to do it too?

Pensions, insurance, private health cover, mortgages, vehicle registration, memberships, subscriptions, credit cards the list is endless! Imagine then dealing with these issues and more when you are suffering grief & loss.

Carole’s book is a simple guide and a great way to start that difficult conversation we all need to have with our parents, children, partner etc.

She has sectioned the book into Action to take now, At the time of Loss and Managing the Afterwards.

It is beautifully written and a ‘must have’ book to get your life organised!

Her book was recently written about in this article in the Manly Daily or better yet, visit her website and order the book online here or phone her on 0412 266 689 to get your copy!

 

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