Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

an easily viewed, up-to-date list of sensitive, authoritative books you may find comforting and helpful in coping with your loss.Links to government information are also provided.

Medline Plus
Several excellent articles on end of life issues and how to cope with dying.

On Grief and Grieving
David Kessler collaborated with Elisabeth Kübler-Ross—the renowned author of 16 books on living and dying and what they both mean. At this website you find several fine books, plus links, resources, and more. Highly recommended!

Elder Rage
Elder Rage, the book that answers the question of “How To Survive Caring For Aging Parents.” Written by Jacqueline Marcell, this riveting true story is also a how-to guide for struggling caregivers.

The Funeral Arrangement Choice Guide: Helping You Cope With a Loved One’s Death
by Dallas Allen Polen Jr.
A calm, logical guide that takes readers through the maze of choices step by step. This book shows how to make lists, delegate duties to others, evaluate the options available, and what questions need to be asked.

Simply Essential Funeral Planning Kit
by Don S. Cochrane
Learn about your options and the emotional elements in arranging your own funeral. This well-written book also takes you through the process of making the decisions that are right for you. Included are worksheets and a CD ROM to assist in the process.

The Complete Guide to Funeral Planning
by Geoffrey C. Carnell
An invaluable reference that will help you make necessary decisions during a most painful time.

How to Write Your Own Living Will
by Edward A. Haman
A Living Will is a simple document that could be the only way your family and doctors will know of your desires regarding your medical treatment should you be unable to communicate. This book will show you how to write your own living will, without the expense of a lawyer.

Government Information

While proper estate planning can help reduce or even eliminate some so-called “death” taxes, tax returns and forms may still need to be filed. Be sure to consult with legal and tax experts before filing. Here are links to various United States Government agencies that may require this paperwork:

Internal Revenue System:
Filing Estate and Gift Tax Returns
Where to File and Contact Information for Estate and Gift Tax.

Gift Tax
The gift tax applies to the transfer by gift of any property.

Estate Tax
Estate tax may apply to your taxable estate at your death.

Estate and Gift Taxes
General information on when these taxes apply and when they do not.

Forms and Publications - Estate and Gift Tax
Fill-in forms have been included to allow you to enter information and provide you with a cleaner crisper printout for your records and for filing with the IRS.

State and County Agencies:
Your state and county government agencies may also require filings of certain types, such as a will, etc. Start by searching for your county’s Recording Clerk office for more information.