While we may not know when we’ll go, we do have a choice how we go.
And that’s the gift of Alabama author, gerontologist, journalist and fellow in thanatology, Holley Kelley’s remarkable new book that is far more than a guidebook on end-of-life decision marking. Sunrises and Sunsets, Final Affairs Forged with Flair, Finesse, and FUNctionality is a deep-dive into planning what legacy we are leaving behind, how we want to convey it and how we want to enjoy the time left to us — without the worry of unfinished business. It’s a unique and innovative twist on final-affairs planning from a delightful and FUNctional perspective that earned Amazon’s No. 1 new release and has become a required text book for Brenau University’s Master’s in Applied Gerontology program.
Completely groundbreaking, this innovative book is more than a guidebook, workbook and record archive in preparation for end-of-life. It captures your life highlights and key perspectives for posterity, moves you to action to clean up unfinished personal business, provides insights on how you wish to prepare for death and inspires you to live your Bucket List. “Sunrises and Sunsets” touches on the spiritual and the practical in an entirely thought-provoking, charming and novel way.
Kelley tackles the unapproachable topic of death and dying with heart, compassion, wisdom and humor — and inspires a more epic form of passionate living with her readers in the process! Part guidebook. Part workbook. Part spiritual call-to-action. This hybridized book is a powerful, beautiful and inspiring must-do for people of any age. From the full-color photographs, to the thought-provoking, inspiring and witty quotes, genuinely-impassioned poetry and heart-rending personal stories — Kelley has taken the dread, dismay and deferring out of the process of death planning.
Why leave it to others to decide how to celebrate your life, make vital life-and-death decisions, and pass along your inheritance (financial and cultural) — when you can leave them a road map to what you truly desire? Kelley bids you join her on the journey as she takes you on a literary hand-holding expedition of personal exploration and considerations as she ushers you step-by-step to completing your advance-care planning and personal initiatives.
But “Sunrises and Sunsets” is not just about planning for the Final Sunset. It is about new beginnings and newfound perspectives about living. It is about taking care of necessary personal business in a pro-active and responsible manner that allows for incredible peace and freedom in the present. Kelley’s book is about planning for the Sunset, while enjoying every Sunrise, with fresh outlooks and appreciation, encouraging readers to live life through their Bucket List.
This one-of-a-kind book is more than an assignment for one to take charge. It is a rite of passage to a greater understanding of who you are, where you are headed and the path you want to take to get there. And, in case you don’t make it there on time, well, you’ll have a plan for that, too.
“Sunrises and Sunsets” helps readers explore their personal perspective on issues they will face. They describe how they feel about planning for the end, about life in general and even about beginning the book. The book can also be completed in a fun, lively and productive group workshop setting Kelley offers too.
Kelley covers just about everything you’ll need in preparation for your final journey!
• Creating your Bucket List, to fulfill your dreams before departure
• Developing a “Kick”-the-bucket-list, what actions you want implement before you
go … including those actions of apology, forgiveness and amends
• Recording the highlights of your life as you see them, along with special memories
you want to pass along
• Instruction on preparing “Dear Loved One” letters
• Writing your own obituary with fact and flair
• Leaving your family an archived family history with family health history
• Leaving a four-generation or more family tree and more!
And from a detail standpoint, Sunrises and Sunsets provides:
• Information on getting your Advance Directives, Last Will and Testament in order
• What you need to know about funeral, burial or cremation planning and funding
• A place to leave information on your assets, records, insurance policies, Medicare
and Social Security information and more
• A personal property archive designating who should receive each item and where it
• Who to be notified in event of death and whom to invite to the funeral.
• A fill-in-the-blanks instruction guide to your family about what you desire to occur at
your end-of-life celebration including whom you wish to speak at your funeral!
• Creative ways to make your funeral memorable, uplifting and even joyful.
Alternatives to funerals — other ways to celebrate your life.
• Checklists and more
“Holley Kelley provides clear, logical guidelines for getting one’s affairs in order while there is still time,” said Nan Morrison, Emeritus Professor of English at College of Charleston. “Her lively writing style, wit, verve, and generosity of spirit make the process a surprising adventure.”
Kelley lets you take all of this in your own hands, so your wishes are carried forward and implemented, and you can have peace of mind while you live the rest of your life. She escorts people through extraordinary ideas, shares stories and offers her thoughts to help them uniquely create, design and prepare.
Holley Kelley M.S., C.P.G., FT, comes to this area with a wealth of experience. She is the Founder of the Latter-Life Planning Institute, holds a Master’s degree in Gerontology, and is also a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist awarded through the National Association of Professional Gerontologists, and a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement. She is the creator of the “Twelve Steps to Conscious & Creative, Comprehensive Advance Care Planning,” called CREATED PEACE.