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In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later

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In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later

by Abby Schneiderman and Adam Seifer

As a senior citizen, I realize I am each day closer to death than the day before and that no one, regardless of their age, knows when their time on earth will be over. With those things in mind, I agreed to review an advance copy of <i>In Case You Get Hit by a Bus: How to Organize Your Life Now for When You’re Not Around Later</i>. The first thing I noticed is that the digital copy provided was rather jumbled and therefore difficult to read. I am sure the final published copy will not have those issues. I plowed ahead, reading the Introduction, skimming the body of the text, and particularly noting the organization of the book.

This book provides timely advice and draws the reader’s attention to the multitude of decisions that should be made to help those responsible for end of life care and for the distribution of the estate. There are many decisions that, due to “advances” in technology, our ancestors would not have had to deal with (passwords, life support, etc.). This book both advertises and dovetails into their online planning system. In all fairness, though, they do refer readers to other companies besides their own, and by itself the book would be a good guide.

The authors differentiate between the critical issues that need to be done immediately (Plan of Attack), those items of lower priority, and other things that you might want to consider (Side Mission). They really do cover all the bases, for me anyway, and they recognize that even considering this project is difficult for many people in so many ways. Even as I write this review, my anxiety level has risen, but the idea is that if you make a plan you will not just feel, but actually be in control of, some aspects of your future and help those you care about during their time of grief.

I would like to extend my thanks to NetGalley and to Workman Publishing Co. for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 4/5

Category: Self Help, Relationships, Grief

Publication: December 22, 2020—Workman Publishing Co.

Memorable Lines:

In order to really make a difference for people at their time of greatest need, you had to help people get a plan in place ahead of time.

We all love instant gratification, but this type of planning forces you to look beyond your own personal gain and know your family has a well-lit path forward if you’re not around.


  1. Carla says:

    I am in the same timeframe as you Linda, but try not to think about it most of the time. This does sound like a good book to get all your ducks in a row. I am interested, but might wait until after it is published and the formatting issues are taken care of. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

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    • lghiggins says:

      It’s actually almost a year old so I’m hoping that is taken care of. I am with you in that this is all difficult to think about and overwhelming. It can be on your radar, but I can’t imagine your doing anything with it until after your trip! It’s on my radar, but with the moves we have had, it got moved to a low priority. When we lived in Mexico, that added even more issues that I’m glad I don’t have to address now.

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      • Carla says:

        That’s good to know, I will check and see if my library has a copy. My friend recently lost her husband and share her organization with me and it is wonderful. I agree, when I get home from Florida, it is something to tackle. I can’t imagine all the issues of living in Mexico, glad that is something you no longer have to deal with. Hopefully you are settled and will be staying put for awhile now.

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  2. LA says:

    I am having so much trouble talking to my parents about death, with my dad being Ill and all. My mom sees it as losing control of her life. We need to think about these things. Nice post/reminder

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    • lghiggins says:

      Your dad’s being ill does bring it all to the forefront, and I understand your mom’s point of view. I watched my mother go through the various stages of losing her independence, and it was very difficult with each major change and downsizing. In reality, we don’t really have much control over our lives, but we cling to what control we have. I know this is a tough time for your family, and I am sorry for that. You are in my prayers.

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      • LA says:

        I know, but she puts me in a tough situation by not letting me in on things…

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      • lghiggins says:

        That does make it hard! You have a lot on your plate right now. I doubt if your mother is deliberately making it hard on you; she is processing it as best she can and may not even have the ability at this point to see it from your point of view.😞


  3. After loosing my husband 3 years ago, I quickly learned the importance of this and am making this my project after the holidays. I think once I have everything organized and well documented so my son and daughter will know exactly what to do my anxiety will be much better. My will is already set up as a family trust. This sounds like a good book, I will look for it when it comes out. Thanks Linda

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    • lghiggins says:

      I am behind on my reading, so the book has already been published. Their company is Everplans, but I am sure there are other companies and books that do the same thing. I am sorry for your loss and thankful that you have supportive family. Having your will in place is a huge part of the process, so you can pat yourself on the back for getting that in place. My brother who passed away had a notebook for his adult children which helped them with so many issues that they were unable to face while grieving. I haven’t done all this yet, but this book did remind me of the need. This is definitely an after, not during, the holidays project.

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