KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die

Downsizing? Why bother? Because approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every single day. They comprise a full 26% of the American population. They own a lot of stuff and control a lot of money.

Cover: Kicking the Bucket List: Downsizing Things to Do Before You DieEventually, 100% of them will die, leaving their possessions, their financials, and their funeral plans in the hands of their spouse or kids – if they have them. Yet less than 30% of U.S. adults have done any end-of-life planning, and that’s a problem.

How can this Silver Tsunami generation avoid leaving a disorganized mess? Death educator Gail Rubin, CT, wrote KICKING THE BUCKET LIST: 100 Downsizing and Organizing Things to Do Before You Die to help adults clear their clutter, firm up their financials and leave the world a better place.

“Death does not have to throw the family into total chaos and turmoil,” Rubin said. “By paring down possessions, organizing information and planning for end-of-life, you can reduce stress, minimize family conflict, save money, and create a meaningful, memorable ‘good goodbye’.”

KICKING THE BUCKET LIST shows you how to:

  • Tackle downsizing without being overwhelmed by the job
  • Evaluate what to keep, toss, donate and recycle
  • Creatively remove excess goods from your home
  • Manage your finances for today and tomorrow
  • Organize your funeral and create your legacy

The 128-page book, in paperback and eBook formats, is a quick, easy read, with colorful photographs and bonus online information. Each of the 100 Bucket List items include links to helpful internet articles that expand on each point.

There’s also a handy 50-item Executor’s Checklist, guidance for the person who will take care of your after-death details.

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Author Gail Rubin, CT

Gail Rubin, humorous motivational speaker for hospice

Gail Rubin, CT, The Doyenne of Death®

Gail Rubin, CT, is a Certified Thanatologist (a death educator) who uses humor and funny films to help teach about end-of-life issues. She’s the author of two other books, the award-winning A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die and Hail and Farewell: Cremation Ceremonies, Templates and Tips. Gail is also a pioneer of the Death Café movement in the United States and an informed advocate for pre-need funeral planning.

Gail is also the moving force behind the Before I Die New Mexico Festival, which takes place annually in the fall. It’s an opportunity to have fun while learning about what you need to know before you go. Check out videos from previous festivals at this web page.

Learn more about Gail Rubin here.

Publisher: Rio Grande Books, October 2016, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-943681-15-0. For a media review copy, call 505.344-9382.

Download or read online the PDF of this review in ICCFA Magazine!

Video of Downsizing Talk

Check out this downsizing talk by Gail Rubin at Bookworks based on the information in KICKING THE BUCKET LIST:


Kicking the Bucket List Talk

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A Good Goodbye