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Clark pens a book to help deal with death

THE passing of a loved one is a sad and stressful time for all involved.

Myriad emotions are felt and on top of this, there is so much to do to ensure the deceased person's affairs are in order. This can be a difficult and overwhelming task.

That's why Port Fairy resident Sally Clark has compiled a booklet entitled How To Die Happy.

From The Moyne Gazette

Port Fairy author Sally Clark with her book about dying happy.

THE passing of a loved one is a sad and stressful time for all involved.

Myriad emotions are felt and on top of this, there is so much to do to ensure the deceased person's affairs are in order. This can be a difficult and overwhelming task.

That's why Port Fairy resident Sally Clark has compiled a booklet entitled How To Die Happy.

"I was having lunch with a friend one day when we started talking about all the people we knew, young and old, who were struggling with the one inevitable thing about life that we never seem to prepare for: death," Mrs Clark said. "It became obvious to me that a handbook such as How to Die Happy could save a lot of these problems but in writing it, I realised that it could be useful to anyone what-ever their age as a personal reference and invaluable in case of an early unexpected death or disability."

The booklet includes sections that can be filled in to provide vital information for loved ones. "How to Die Happy can be used by people of all ages and everyone should find it useful to have their personal information and private preferences together in one place," Mrs Clark said.

Topics covered include personal details, information for "if I am unable to cope", details about family, friends and memberships, health care, legal matters, finances, property, funeral prefer-ences and many more.

When it comes to the name of the booklet, Mrs Clark explains: "Most of us will be happier knowing that we have done everything possible now to avoid the sort of confusion, anxiety and even conflicts that can come later if we have not clearly set out our own preferences and basic information now."

The book is available to purchase for $12.95 from bookshops, newsagents and post offices in Warrnambool and Port Fairy.

You can also download a copy online for $4.95 at www.howtodiehappy.com.au

 



'Clark pens a book to help deal with death', The Moyne Gazette, 1 May 2013, 12.30am, accessed online 2 May 2013 from The Moyne Gazette online.
Photo supplied courtesy The Warrnambool Standard.

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