Between Now & Then

A Common-Sense End-of-Life Planning Guide
For Baby Boomers (and the rest of us)
Jeanne C. Hoff

What do you plan to do with the rest of your life between now and then?

Having read the question, do you have an immediate answer? Does the question annoy you, or confuse or worry you? What comes to mind? "I'm too busy to think about that now, and besides, what does it matter?"

The purpose of this book is to introduce you to the idea of planning what you will do with the rest of your life such that you will have no (few) regrets on your last day.

This planning process asks you to do certain things:

End-of-life planning, as I have defined it, falls into five categories of things to do:

Each category requires attention, and all of them overlap each other in one way or another. It is important for you to know how the decisions you make relative to each of the five categories connect to the others in various ways, and the best way to introduce you to that idea is to give you all the information at one time ... all in one place ... to enable you to make the best possible decisions for yourself and your family between now and then.

The following examples illustrate some of the connections between the five chapters:

Sooner or later, you will find yourself meeting with the professionals in some or all of these fields, and the information in this book will prepare you to fully engage them in important conversations; for example,

There is much to think about in each of the situations, and not much time in which to come up with your answers if you haven't given them any prior thought. There are no right or wrong answers, and there are no immediate one-word or fill-in-the-blank answers. These questions require thought and conversations, and if you are prepared by knowing the right questions to ask, you can expect to achieve the results you seek. In this book, you will find the questions to ask, and then find some answers so that you will be able to make informed choices when the time comes.

Also, you will find guidance in the process of planning for the rest of your life between now and then. You will learn ways in which to accomplish your goals in each of the five categories. You may be thinking that some of these categories don't apply to you, but, don't be too quick to judge. You will read examples of situations that may come up where you could use some direction, where it would be beneficial for you to understand the details of each category necessary to make wise choices, where it would be useful to have an understanding of the language spoken by the professionals.


As you read this book, you can begin to see that it is possible for you to:

The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.

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