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Helpful and practical
on 28 February 2009
When someone close to me finally succumbed to a long term illness I purchased a copy of this book on the recommendation of someone who already had a copy.
Coping with decisions and practicalities in the midst of bereavement is a ghastly experience. This book is helpful, offering practical advice and explaining the technicalities of concepts and unfamiliar procedures. I really didn't know anything about executors and probate, and it was useful to know what to expect when we met with people like solicitors, the vicar and the funeral director. Everyone was helpful but this book let me know what to expect, which was of enormous value to me. The fewer suprises at a time like that, the better.
I didn't read the book from cover to cover, just read the bits that I needed, so I've given it four stars because I cannot comment on the book as a whole. On the other hand, the bits that I read were certainly worth five stars as they untangled a lot of my confusion and helped me to find a bit of direction. It helped the brain to kick in a a time when it truly didn't want to.
I wish that I had read it long before I needed to, and would recommend that anyone with older or unwell family members or friends should read this book, or a similar one, before they actually need to.