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Scituate author brings "what if" to Norwell

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  August 23, 2011 03:36 PM

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Scituate resident Gwen Morgan isn’t just thinking about her own future, but with her new book “What if…workbook,” and upcoming workshop in Norwell, she’s thinking about yours, too.

A trained facilitator with years of experience in both hospice and with the elderly, Morgan started the "What if...workbook" as a means to help families and quell fears over what to do in the event of a death in the family.

All in all, it creates a single place for family members to fill out information for wills,, life insurance, bank accounts, and other personal data. It also helps family members to spell out final arrangement preferences.

The compilation of financial, personal, and final arrangement information in one place is meant to reduce the stress on a family in a time of emotional stress.

“By completing the 'What if … Workbook' and letting your loved ones know where it is, you’re allowing them to mourn and grieve without the added strain of having to hunt through documents and sort out all the arrangements that need to be made,” Morgan said. “At the same time, you gain the peace of mind that comes from knowing your final wishes will be honored and respected.”

According to Morgan, it’s a gift to give to love ones, knowing that everything has been figured out.

Morgan created the workbook after finding that there was a general need for this type of material. Although often left until last minute, Morgan said there is no sense in waiting to address something that could easily be handled by filling out the book.

In addition to addressing personal information, insurance questions, and will dilemmas, the workbook also allows for family members to specify burial or cremation, what type of service to hold, and gives help to those writing an obituary.

“The “What if … Workbook” also gives people a chance to think about their legacy,” Morgan said. “Going through the workbook is [also] an excellent way to start thinking about questions like ‘How do I want to be remembered?’ and ‘Am I living the life now that I want to be remembered for?’”

To help locals complete the workbook, Morgan will present a workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18, at the United Church of Christ in Norwell. Registration is $25 per person or $40 per couple, and includes a copy of the book for each person in attendance.

“Nobody likes to think about having to make these types of plans, but by investing a couple of hours now into putting this information together, you’re giving your loved [peace of mind],” Morgan said.

To register for the Norwell workshop or for more information on the “What if … Workbook,” call (781) 210-2045 or visit www.whatifworkbook.com.

This event is sponsored by Hingham attoerney Leanna Hamill, who will also be present to answer legal questions regarding wills, trusts, estates, and other final arrangement questions.

Morgan will also appear as a featured author at the 2011 AARP National Event and Expo, to be held next month in Los Angeles.

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