End-of-Life Planning Author Holley Kelley Visits for Feb. 5 Book Signing
Brenau University will host end-of-life planning expert Holley Kelley on Friday, Feb. 5, for an autograph party for her first book, Sunrises and Sunsets: Final Affairs Forged with Flair, Finesse and FUNctionality. The program, free and open to the public, will be from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at Trustee Library, located at 625 Academy St. in Gainesville.
Kelley, who graduated from Brenau Women’s College in 1987 with a degree in journalism, started work on her book as her thesis project for the university’s Master of Applied Gerontology program, which she completed in 2013. The informal, informative, matter-of-fact guide provides tips for planning estates and funerals, completing advance medical directives and even creating a “bucket list’ of cool things you want to do before you, uh, kick the bucket.
Although the Baby Boom generation and its offspring are much more open and fatalistic about the inevitability of death than previous generations, that does not mean individuals these days are better prepared, said Kelley.
“It is easy to procrastinate [on executing plans] when the book isn’t interactive,” she said. “Without the reader’s contributions to the book, it is only words on paper. I wanted the workbook to give the reader a voice.”
Kelley, who lives in Toney, Alabama, as a profession offers advance care consulting services through the business she founded, Latter-Life Planning Institute.
Her book, published last year by Robert D. Reed Publishers, has received positive reviews from SpaceFlight Memorial Systems CEO Gary Gartner, The Coming Widow Boom author James F. Thompson Jr. and the Rev. Laura Summer Truax, senior pastor at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago.
“Holley has developed a way of approaching and preparing for life’s final stages in a comprehensive yet caring way,” Bonnie Kin, the Brenau psychology professor who founded the gerontology graduate program, said in the foreword she wrote for the book. “The information contained in this book is groundbreaking – finally, someone has let death and dying out of the closet and into the mainstream. Finally, someone is willing to discuss it in an open, straightforward manner.”
For more information, read the 2014 Brenau Window feature article “Death Wrangler” online at http://window.brenau.edu/ articles/holleykelley/.
More information on Sunrises and Sunsets is online at http://rdrpublishers.com/ products/sunrises-and-sunsets- final-affairs-forged-with- flair-finesse-and- functionality.