Book review #8 The Bottom Drawer by Lisa Herbert

Lisa was interviewed on ABC.FM January 13 about her fascinating book. Humorous illustrations add to this wonderful approach to a much avoided subject. The after death action plan.

While no one really wants to talk about death, it can actually be pretty interesting.
Are GPS coordinates really the only way family members can find you if you’re buried in a bush cemetery?
What is the most common object put into coffins by loved ones?
And what happens to your emails or your Facebook account when you die?
Sure, your loved ones will be sad when you pass away but there are things you can do to make it a bit easier for them. The Bottom Drawer Book is your after death action plan. Your ideas, plans, and your life’s reflections will sit quietly in its pages until they’re needed. Then, when you go, there’ll be no family squabbling over how much to spend on your casket, where you’ll be buried, who’ll tell stories at your funeral, what beer will be served at the wake, or which footy jumper you’ll be buried in. The Bottom Drawer Book contains lots of practical information. Its brightly coloured illustrations and humorous text encourage thought and understanding of a topic that doesn’t have to be dark or confronting.
The Book will be a work in progress because your wishes will evolve and change over time. You’ll smudge food on it, you’ll procrastinate, and you’ll doodle – and that’s okay. It is your Book after all.


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Funeral Procession of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As Far as the Eye Can See – On April 9th, 1968, with the Atlanta skyline in the background, mourners lined the procession route of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the funeral, his body was carried humbly along Auburn Avenue, toward the downtown area, by way of a mule-drawn wagon. (Courtesy: HearseWorks)

Funeral procession route lined with mourners along Auburn Avenue, Atlanta Georgia, April 9th 1968.

David Bowie dies of cancer aged 69

Singer David Bowie, one of the most influential musicians of his era, has died of cancer at the age of 69.
A statement was issued on his social media accounts, saying he “died peacefully, surrounded by his family” after an “18-month battle with cancer”.
Tributes have been paid from around the world to the “extraordinary artist” whose last album was released days ago.
Sir Paul McCartney described him as a “great star” who “played a very strong part in British musical history”.
Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, who is a Bafta-winning film director, wrote on Twitter: “Very sorry and sad to say it’s true. I’ll be offline for a while. Love to all.”

Crowds of fans have gathered in tribute to Bowie at a mural in his birthplace of Brixton, south London painted by street artist James Cochran, aka Jimmy C



Top ten baby names in Australia, 2015.

Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana emerges from the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London on Saturday. Photo: John Stillwell.

The royals are a popular influence with Aussie parents — William and Charlotte are the second most popular baby names in Australia. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge clearly love the name Charlotte, yesterday naming their little princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana in a fitting tribute to the ‘People’s Princess’.
And Aussies are also fans of the classic name. It’s the second most popular baby name in Australia right now, according to new data from McCrindle. The data was sourced from the Births, Deaths and Marriages offices of each state and territory around the country.
Olivia stole the top spot from Charlotte, which reigned as the most popular girls’ name from 2011-2013. Oliver was the most popular boys’ name for the third year running.
The royals have a huge influence on baby names. Of the 21 members of the current British royal family, 17 have names which are in the Top 100 lists. Sorry, Republicans.
Even One Direction have left their mark on the spawn of Australia. The names Liam, Harry and Louis, who are three of the four members of the popular boy band, rose up the list to 11th from 14th, 27th from 28th and 71st from 74th, respectively.
Ariana Grande also made an impression – her name rose from 100th to 73rd.…/n…/740a8b651053fc93a90200de9e619767




Coping with grief and loss

Losing someone or something you love or care deeply about is very painful. You may experience all kinds of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness you’re experiencing will never let up. These are normal reactions to a significant loss. But while there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are healthy ways to cope with the pain that, in time, can renew you and permit you to move on.…/g…/coping-with-grief-and-loss.htm