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My Last Wishes...: A Journal of Life, Love, Laughs, & a Few Final Notes Hardcover – January 9, 2007
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“A wonderful and easy-to-use resource for everyone and especially for those facing a life-challenging illness.” (David Kessler, author of The Needs of the Dying and On Grief and Grieving with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross)
“Provides us with a guide for invaluable conversations so that we can make this vital passage more peaceful.” (Virginia Morris, author of Talking About Death and How to Care for Aging Parents)
About the Author
Joy Meredith is an expert on appreciating life and discussing death. After losing several of the people she has loved, Joy knows firsthand what it is like to be left without any instructions for carrying out a loved one's final wishes. A writer, consultant, and the creator of ME Mapping, she lives and leads workshops in the Chicagoland area.
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I know the author and was happy to get the last hard copy in excellent condition. She will have paperbacks coming out this month.
Why did I buy my first copy? Several of my good friends have lost their parents and grandparents in the past 12 months, and were really left numb while they confronted the last days and moments without any ideas of what do to do or say. After seeing and reading through this book in a local bookstore, I ordered 10 copies to share with them and a few others that are facing similar situations now.
I am already getting positive feedback from a friend who lost his dad last summer, ("I wish I had this 9 months ago."). I know my other friends aren't ready for this, or may be reluctant to face it, but I know when I look at how an unplanned death is handled it can be brutal and unforgiving; I will not leave that burden with my wife, child or parent. (Think about the mess going on with Anna Nicole Smith, if you doubt how tragic it can be. What is her daughter going to know about her mother's wishes for her life? NOTHING!)
I would recommend getting a copy for you and your loved ones. Especially for those you don't want to make the tough decisions for. Like to be left on life support or not; cremated -vs- buried; what to do with their kids, belongings and memories; who or what was your greatest loves and memories?
Since taxes and death are inevitable, why not plan to make your loved one's memories good ones, not painful second guesses?
BTW, it is a very good read, so don't be afraid you are sending a "Death Wish" to your friends or coworkers. You are giving them a little bit of love and food for thought!
The author somehow makes a simple read out of a taboo subject. Educational, sometimes witty, and straight to the point, this book covers everything you need to know about planning how you would like to be remembered and what you would like happen when your time is up. Good for the young and old alike. A great gift for those that you love.