MJ Charles has written an important book now available on Amazon. com: "Surviving the Business of Dying, A Guide to Why Final Papers Matter" about who, what, when, where and how to survive when you lose a spouse. It is interesting, humorous, and VERY detailed. It has lots of great helpful lists and insights. I read it in one night and I put reminder "posty" notes on several pages.
One of the most blatant and glaring things I learned from this book is....write a will. Do it today. MJ Charles explains who needs a will, how to find an attorney if you need one and many other practical things like: get 4-5 copies of the death certificate because you will need it to conduct financial and personal business for your spouse and/or company business.
This is not a topic that any of us like to discuss of course. But I really, really realized....it's business. It's important. My training or lack thereof will affect myself and others around me. And at the serious time of losing your loved one....it's not a time to be making such huge decisions.
Very helpful! Check it out!