When Someone Dies (Paperback)
The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death
Scribner, 9781476700212, 256pp.
Publication Date: March 12, 2013
Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover, Large Print (8/7/2013)
Scott Taylor Smith, a venture capitalist and lawyer, had plentiful resources, and yet after his mother died, he made a series of agonizing and costly mistakes in squaring away her affairs. He could find countless books that dealt with caring for the dying and the emotional fallout of death, but very few that dealt with the logistics.
In the aftermath of his mother’s death, Smith decided to write the book he wished he’d had. When Someone Dies provides readers with a crucial framework for making good, informed, money-saving decisions in the chaotic thirty days after a loved one dies and beyond. It provides essential, concrete guidance on:
• Making funeral and memorial service arrangements
• Writing an obituary
• Estate planning
• Contacting family and friends
• Handling your loved one’s online footprint
• Navigating probate
• Dealing with finances, including trusts and taxation
• And much, much more
Featuring concise checklists in each chapter, this guide offers answers to practical questions, enabling loved ones to save time and money and focus on healing.
About the Author
Michael Castleman has written more than 2,000 magazine and Web articles, four mystery novels, and thirteen nonfiction books in the fields of health and sexuality. During his thirty-five-year career as an award-winning journalist and novelist, his books have sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide.
Praise For When Someone Dies: The Practical Guide to the Logistics of Death…
"Scott Smith has created a must-read for anyone navigating the death of a loved one. Combining the keen eye of a respected corporate attorney and the stunned sorrow of agrieving son, he provides an exquisite balance of pathos and pragmatism to master the legal and emotional thicket of deep, personal loss."
— Peter A. Glaser, Ph.D. and Susan R. Glaser, Ph.D, authors of Be Quiet, Be Heard: The Paradox of Persuasion
Well organized, succinct, and detailed without being overhwelming. . . .readers facing the death of a loved one. . . should find this guide both instructive and comforting."