Kicking the Bucket List: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die

Gail Rubin. Rio Grande Books, $15.95 trade paper (128p) ISBN 978-1-9436-8115-0
Rubin (A Good Goodbye), a certified thanatologist, takes a not-so-grim look at how to reap life’s benefits while preparing for death. Rubin’s common-sense approach is broken down into 100 succinct steps that cover a wide range of activities, from general decluttering and mental preparations to more specific tasks involving legal documents and choices to make closer to death. Rubin’s approach is holistic, considering the practical need to organize one’s affairs to decrease the stress for surviving family and the emotional need to simplify and enjoy life. Her tone is encouraging, comforting, and even humorous as she systematically navigates through the vast preparation process while providing a plethora of ideas to inspire action without overwhelming. Rubin’s steps take into account diverse personalities and spiritual beliefs, and also include charitable and environmentally responsible ways of donating property—including one’s body. This invaluable book is an easy-to-read, enlightening reality check and an insightful and sensitive reminder to preplan today, so you and your loved ones can enjoy the rest of your life. (BookLife)
Reviewed on: 04/03/2017
Release date: 08/01/2016
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