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 May 1

by Karen Purze

Karen Purze with Mom

When my mother had a stroke in 2012, her life changed — and so did my family’s. She was the one knew every detail about what kept my parents’ life in motion, but as she focused on recovery, we had to figure it all out without her.

It was easier to find birthday cards I gave her as a child than deeds to the property they owned. I didn’t know what medication she was on — just that it was thyroid medication she took daily or “she would slow down”. (This was the explanation she gave me as a child and the only one I remembered as I talked to emergency room doctors.) I didn’t know who insured their house, or their car. Didn’t know if they had life insurance, or how many financial accounts they had (or with which institutions.)

You get the picture.

As my parents lost their independence over the next few years, I had to learn everything from how to prepare for hospitalization (and discharge), manage their household and finances, decide when and why to use hospice, and how to close an estate.

In all that time, I never found the right tool to help me keep it all together, or help me understand what I else I might need to prepare for. It was super stressful!

These aren’t things people like to talk about, but I know I’m not alone. Statistically speaking, you or someone you know has a need for this book.

Consider that before today is over:

  • 5,863 couples will get married
  • 10,000 people are turning 65
  • 33,000 people will be admitted to the hospital from an ER
  • 10,000 babies will be born
  • Millions will have in-patient surgery
  • 2,400 will file for divorce
  • 6,775 will die

And that’s just in the United States.

Again, you get the picture.

The point is that in each of these cases, maybe in your case, there should be a powerful motivation to put plans in place if something unexpected should happen, or to get your affairs in order. I made this book to help you — even if you weren’t asking for it (yet.)

I hope you’ll join my mailing list if you haven’t already. There’s a lot more to come!

About the author

Karen Purze is the author of Life In Motion: A Guide for Gathering Life’s Vital Details, a workbook to help people get their affairs in order. She is currently working on a memoir about her caregiving experience. Sign up for the Life in Motion Guide newsletter to be the first to hear more!

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