Preparing for the Passing of a Loved One

animated_flowerDeath … no one likes to talk about it. ‘Falling off the perch, passed over, late, passed, dead, departed or that famous phrase, ‘shuffle off this mortal coil’ from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet … are words which seem to cause trepidation in the minds of most people whether or not they are facing it themselves or with someone close.

When someone dies, is a time when emotions are raw and engulfing, so powerful, consuming and unfamiliar are the feelings, that these can prevent or even block ones ability to think clearly and logically. Yet after someone dies, this is what is needed, at least, by someone close to the person whose passed.

Understandably it is a difficult time having to deal with the reality that a loved one has died, let alone identify what to do after a person has died, what to do after the funeral, then on top of all that what to do with the person’s possessions. All this can be daunting.

Importantly after a person has died and particularly after the funeral it is a time when those affected need support and help because many feel very alone despite a lot of people being around.

Special counsellors and groups do exist to help those who are affected by the death of a loved one. BUT until Closing the Final Chapter was published, little if any information existed to provide practical help after the funeral, including help how to deal with the possessions of the person who has died, possessions possibly accumulated over decades.

Yes most people find the subject of death so daunting and confronting they skirt around it, even ignore it, … until … there is the need to face it … often suddenly.

The best way to address any subject that you avoid is talk about it, read about it, and face facts and be prepared, particularly when it’s a subject that affects every person in the world.

Closing the Final Chapter is based on extensive research, but this remarkable and practical book began as a result of a personal experience of the author.