How to Make Your Loved Ones' Lives Easier and Your Own Life More Pleasant

160 pages | copies in English | Author photo: ©Alexander Mahmoud

  • An international and immediate New York Times¬†bestseller

A charming approach to putting your life in order so your loved ones won't have to. There's a word for this in Swedish: Dostadning, literally, "death cleaning."
From clothes and books to stuff you just can't get rid of, stuff that only matters to you. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning offers indispensable advice on questions you will inevitably face: How do you deal with your secrets? Sort through photographs and letters? Avoid heirs fighting over your belongings after you are gone? A practical book based on personal experience and anecdotes, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning will also guide you in making the process uplifting rather than overwhelming: it focuses on the importance of living - even through death cleaning.

Swedish-born Margareta Magnusson is by her own admission aged between 80 and 100. She has death cleaned for herself, and for several family members after their passing. When her husband died, she had to downsize her home: the experience forced her to recognize the power of "death-cleaning" and the concerns that must be addressed to do it with thought and care. Done well, the approach not only makes things easier for your loved ones later on, it allows you to revisit the lifetime of memories accumulated with your things.

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