I don't know if there are any other books like this out there, but this is the only one I, and my family, will ever need. Respectful and concise, it covers aspects of bereavement that nobody thinks about until the unthinkable happens. A serious subject present seriously, but the insights and information are relieved with gentle humour. A copy of this book, flagged in places that I think will be of most value to my family, is with my will.
- Rosemary R. on Good Reads
My mom passed away in 2017. Everything fell on my shoulders. Laurie’s book was suggested to me. This book helped me put everything into perspective. Her book was a great comfort in those moments of overwhelming grief.
- Janet F.
Helpful and thoughtful; it’s like having a caring friend by your side. I've had to plan for end-of-life for two people I loved very much. The first time, was my father-in-law, who died suddenly, a shock for the entire family. We didn't know what to do. We just agreed to everything the funeral director suggested, not because he wasn't kind, but because we were uneducated and overwhelmed.
If we had had this book then, we would not have spent so much, felt more confident, and been able to focus more on celebrating his life rather than spending so much on his death. So....even if you are not facing imminent death of a loved one, get this book. It will help when the time comes, and prepare you for an inevitable, albeit sad, part of life.
Written in an easy to read format, with checklists and sound advice throughout, it is a helpful companion when you are grieving and decisions about your loved one's last wishes must be made. This book doesn't focus on death, but rather, on how one can cope with the loss of a loved one, how to find the strength to carry on with a whole lot of practical advice thrown in for good measure.
- Angela W. on Amazon
Everything from cleaning out the fridge to having a Celebration of Life I just received my copy of the recently published book ‘The Ultimate Guide On What To Do When Someone You Love Dies’. It is not about how to grieve, it is about the practical aspects of what needs to be done and how to do it when a loved one dies and we are the people who have to do that work.
Written by Victoria author, Laurie Mueller, she recently updated it to include information on how to organize a Celebration of Life held over Zoom.
- Maureen S. on Amazon
Just want to add my personal thanks to you for your presentation this morning. I have just spoken with one member who was a nurse in her working years, and she thought you did a good job of giving us something to think about, without hitting us over the head! There are those who avoid such talk, but really I think it is out of fear..... you helped to introduce the subject in a lowkey way. So....again, my thanks,
I have known Laurie for about 3 years. We met at a book sale and we became fast friends. Soon she met my parents who had the joy of mutually sharing heart fulfilling adventures they had as volunteers, would you believe, all in Tanzania. I am so grateful for Laurie’s embracing love and attention that picked my dad’s mood up terrifically. It was the first time I had seen his eyes light up in a long time.
Mom and Dad and I immediately saw that Laurie was someone very special and she had a great deal to offer others in our world. Indeed, about a year later when my dad passed away and Laurie and I reconnected, I found out that she had just republished her book, The Ultimate Guide on What to Do When Someone You Love Dies, from 2009. Boy, that was timely for me. We talked about her book and all the fear and worry about wellness and death with Covid 19, and the book was a tool whose time had perhaps come again.
We shared our beliefs that talking about our own deaths and knowing what one has to do for another’s death helps uncover the fear, the cloak, that many of us have put onto death. It helps to transform the darkness into light.
- Laura L., Church of Truth, Victoria, BC
Laurie’s infectious personality and superb social skills turned the MBTI with my staff into a wonderful, fun day of us getting to know each other better, and learning how to cooperate and thrive in our workplace. Laurie is awesome, she rocks.
- David B.
I've known Laurie for over 20 years and have always admired her leadership and organizational skills. She's a visionary and passionate about her visions and able to instill that passion and enthusiasm in others. She envisions, implements and celebrates her own creative endeavors as well as celebrating the endeavors and accomplishments of others.
Laurie creates community and knows how to strengthen community bonds. She instills confidence and brings out the best in those around her and helps them to implement their dreams. She is a good communicator and a good listener and is able to hear what is not being said, what is just below the surface and needing expression. She also has that rare gift of being able to use her gifts and talents in service to others.
Laurie is able to take herself lightly and she expresses her natural joy and it is always a delight to be with her.
- Jannice F.
Laurie loves to share ideas and engage in the teachings she brings to others. Her facilitative approach to delivering presentations allows people to connect on a personal level. Laurie brings humor, laughter and joy to every setting. She is informative, dynamic, interactive and always enthusiastic. A session with Laurie is an opportunity not to be missed!
- Brenda R.