for Beginners takes on an important and mostly avoided topic with a big breath
of fresh air. Jones gives options, costs, pros and cons along with a healthy
dose of humor to help readers with the process of planning for the
Brehony, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist and Author of After the Darkest Hour: How
Suffering Begins the Journey to Wisdom
"Death for Beginners is a delightful read about a very serious subject we all have to face eventually. Karen Jones has done a superb job of presenting the vast array of choices involved in making funeral arrangements. Her humor makes the necessities of this often taboo topic accessible, easy to grasp, and yes, fun. The fun is well balanced with a no nonsense process that guides the reader through their own very important and very personal decisions.
While reading Death for Beginners, I was often reminded of a George Bernard Shaw quote. "Life does not cease to be funny when people die, anymore that it ceases to be serious when people laugh."
I have assisted dozens of families in making funeral arrangements, and every one of them would have benefitted from reading this book."
Brian Flowers Cemeterian & Green Burial Coordinator for Moles Family Funeral Homes & Greenacres Memorial Park, Green Burial Council National Advisory Board Member
Death for Beginners is a book about how to accomplish the difficult but necessary task of planning for your death. It's a quick "grab, read and workbook "with your life" type of guide. The work is useful to Baby Boomers and their parents, and in a sudden death or illness.
There is not volumes of text or workbook writing involved and there are easy ways to make choices. Step-by-step chapters with bulleted formatted topics are presented. Topics are presented with data, definitions, examples, pros and cons, costs, Internet links, and questions to answer. Streamlined, worksheets that can be ripped and filed make the process simple.
Internet Links to Websites keeps Death for Beginners from becoming a rambling book about death that becomes confusing. If you are interested in the options presented, you can go directly to a website and explore your interests.
Karen Jones is not a funeral industry insider and is not writing with the eyes of a funeral director. Excellent for the every-day-person looking for answers, examples of the costs for services are given, emphasizing practicality and frugality. This provides the reader with valuable information on saving money. Options and topics are presented that do not come up in a traditional funeral arrangement. It presents both the traditional and alternative death and funeral choices.
The work entertains while presenting difficult information. Avoiding funeral lingo, the quips, quick humorous vignettes and sidebars are slightly bizarre yet informative and appreciated.
Death for Beginners respects the individual's funeral needs. Affordable and easy to use,t his book will help you avoid expensive choices made in grief. By easing the emotional and financial burden on loved ones left behind, the work will help with your final events.
R.Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director Illinois and Virginia, Author of "Rest in Peace Insiders Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral"
" A lite- hearted and well researched compilation of information every consumer will be grateful to have when dealing with the modern day funeral industry. Karen Jones does an exquisite job of alerting the consumer to the power of pre-planning and education, including detailed checklists; as well as an industry wide overview of numerous micro-industries that have sprouted around end-of-life. From grass-root do it yourself choices to high end consumerism, Karen has shown that death in America is anything but slam dunk. A proficient tool for consumers at end-of-life."
Nora Cedarwind Young ~ Death Midwife, Hospice Chaplain, Ceremonialist and Green Burial Educator