While inspired by the tragic death of the author’s husband and her stressful transition to being alone, ‘And Then There Was One’ provides practical step-by-step guidance to planning for life’s one surefire certainty. Fox collaborated with legal, medical, Government professionals and a funeral home owner to create a series of worksheets and checklists that cover everything from last wishes and legal affairs to the complete details of a loved one’s estate. The author has spent the past decade using the book within workshops she and her associates have arranged and conducted within the country, with one critic hailing it as “worth its weight in gold”.
Flagstaff, AZ -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/05/2015 -- At 4:33 a.m. on September 28, 2003, Charlotte Fox's life changed forever; the man she loved and soon planned to retire with died suddenly and unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of fifty-four. The couple had no will, life insurance, no estate plan and Fox was perplexed by what his final wishes would have been – a dangerous cocktail of confusion that turned a period of grieving into one also driven by needless stress and mental trauma. In what can only be described as a passion fuelled by experience, Fox is now holding the hands of others so they can plan their end-of-life affairs while there's still time.
'And Then There Was One' is literally a definitive and complete practical planner for the end of life. It's the volume Fox wishes she and her husband had sitting on their shelf…
Dying is a serious and complicated business. Circumstances surrounding the sudden death of the author's husband inspired her to recruit professionals and create a 258-page workbook to use as a guided tour for end-of-life planning and transitioning after the loss of a loved one. It is an all-in-one-place to map out wishes and list legal and financial affairs. The comprehensive step-by-step checklists and fill-in-the-blanks worksheets that are in an easy-to-use format, will help guide you through making decisions, expressing your wishes, encourage conversation, eliminate confusion, ease the transition, and help protect your survivors from injustices and victimization that often occurs upon the death of a loved one. Charlotte invites you to hold her hand as she navigates you through this process.
"Let's be honest – who really knows what they are doing when it comes to end-of-life planning?" asks Fox. "The answer is nobody, hence why this book is so vital. Statistics show that 80% of people don't have a plan for their death, which often leads to financial disaster, family feuds and legal mazes that feel like they'll never end. I walk readers through each and every step of putting their plan into place – from a legal, financial and personal wishes standpoint – so that, when their time comes, those they leave behind can more easily make the transition and grieve instead of becoming victimized."
Continuing, "The volume's workbook style contains all of the forms and checklists needed to map out a trust, will, powers of attorney, POD accounts, beneficiary deeds and everything else in-between. The biggest advice I can give people, and I know it's ever so hard to understand it while still apparently alive and well, is to not wait until a sudden emergency or illness strikes. Plan now, because death doesn't discriminate."
Since its release, the book has garnered a string of rave reviews. S. Cohen comments, "Working in hospice, I see firsthand the devastation - emotional and financial - that many families endure at their loved one's lack of planning for end-of-life. This workbook does force the difficult conversations one must have with their spouse and children - about everything. It's a must read at any time in life. This workbook is well thought out, organized and covers all the bases."
LaDonna Teter adds, "This book has all the information needed for the remaining spouse or family member when one of them passes away. It give step by step instructions and has all the forms and information needed so that the grieving person can make good decisions and take care of legal details. It is helping us to be prepared when that event takes place in our lives. If all the forms are prefilled out, the remaining spouse will have much less stress. It is very thoughtfully written."
'And Then There Was One' is available now: http://amzn.to/1vGYFdL
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For more information and resources, visit the book's official website: http://www.therewasone.com
About Charlotte Fox
Author Charlotte Fox, herself a widowed survivor who faced many challenges when her husband died unexpectedly, has committed herself to helping others avoid the many problems she experienced by simplifying the complicated maze that lies ahead of each and every one of us. She's the mother of three wonderful children, a grandmother to four, and resides in Flagstaff, Arizona with her Chihuahua, Sadie. You can find her on Facebook.