After the sudden, tragic death of both parents, the author begins her grieving process and enters the world of estate administration, unfamiliar territory to most until we have to walk that walk, learning as we go along... The author is gifted with a peaceful grace which has helped her create this handbook and memoir. This book is a "how to" guide, Estate Administration 101, and an educational tool one should keep in their library as a guide and reference. Dealing with an estate is a daunting and overwhelming process. The author's wit and humor puts the reader at ease while she goes through the funeral, the process of claiming assets, closing accounts, accounting ledgers, family records and the home--dealing with years of accumulated family treasure. Throughout the entire text, the author preserves the respect for her deceased parents. This book is a "hands-on" education, a thought process with a strategy to uncover the final chapter of one's life and lastly, a marked success! We, as a society, find the subject of our own mortality or that of a loved one, difficult to accept. This book provides an efficient and effective plan on how to proceed after the death of a loved one in terms of settling an estate.
The author describes her months of grieving in such a manner that you feel you are living those days with her as she uncovers information, records it and moves forward organized, meticulous and attentive to every detail. As documents are uncovered or leads found, her painful loss brings her closer to closure and seems to give her a sense of peace.
This book has provided me with a methodical approach to administering an estate. Well done!