Thursday, June 11, 2009

Author Beatrice Bailey Releases Farewell My Friend, The Ultimate Guide For Care Givers And End Of Life Planning

Book serves as a comprehensive end of life planning guide for those who wish to prepare for the death of a loved one including care takers, caregivers, widows and widowers

[June 10, Citrona Heights, CA] Death is never a question of ‘if’ but is rather a question of ‘when’. Nevertheless, very few people are really adequately prepared when this moment comes. Details are the last thing anyone wants to think about when dealing with the shock and the grief resulting from the death of a loved one. Author Beatrice Toney Bailey understands this, having recently lost her husband to cancer. Ms. Bailey has released Farewell My Friend. The book is a step-by-step guide for those who wish to plan for the inevitable, and is an extremely valuable resource for those who may be called upon to act as caregiver or caretaker for terminally ill friends or family members.

“Farewell My Friend,” stated Ms. Bailey, “is in fact a manual and a workbook. It should not be something that is read and then set aside. I hope that this will become a book that has lots of entries, catsup marks, donut icing and coffee stains on the pages as the reader pours through the book, completing the actions and forms. The book should be an active document that readers will internalize as they prepare for the inevitable.”

Farewell My Friend is filled with rock solid advice, action plans, organizational structures, forms and step by step instructions. No stone is left unturned here. Every facet of planning and organization is covered in minute detail. The book covers documentation, organization, legal matters, dealing with friends and family, hospice care, life celebrations, service planning, remembrances and everything in between.

Ms. Bailey’s husband passed away from cancer. During his illness, she began a daily journal that eventually became a book. For this reason, Farewell My Friend incorporates every conceivable facet of care giving and caretaking. Estate planning, in-home care, funeral planning, dealing with doctors and hospitals, wills, trusts, stress and even PTSD are covered in the 203 page, 8.5” X 11” manual. The book is written in a practical and down-to-earth style that any reader can easily understand and put to use immediately.

“Believe it or not,” stated Ms. Bailey, “the book is actually filled with humor. I did not want this to be another dry and very boring preparatory manual. Instead, I opted to approach the subject of death in the same manner in which I approach the subject of life – with a sense of celebration.”

An interview with Ms. Bailey can be heard by visiting The Authors Show Radio at The show will run through July 18, 2009.

Farewell My Friend is available at and at numerous sites listed on her website. Ms. Bailey is available for interview and speaking engagements by contacting her at the address below. Further information and no-charge copies of many of the organizational forms and documents needed to prepare for making final preparations and plans can be found at Ms. Bailey’s website at

About The Author
Beatrice Toney Bailey was born and raised in Davenport, Iowa to a Baptist minister father and a gospel recording artist mother. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated with a BA in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

Ms. Bailey is a much highly sought-after public speaker who has conducted many seminars on financial planning and organization. Some of her most popular seminars are Budgeting for the Not So Rich and Famous and Putting the Puzzle Pieces Together…The Ultimate Balancing Act. Her current book, Farewell, My Friend is enabling people who are facing serious illness to move from a position of crisis to empowerment. Currently, she is touring the country lecturing and promoting her book and seminars.

In addition to her role as a public speaker, Ms. Bailey is an active member of St. Paul Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA.. she serves as an adult Sunday school teacher and a member of the Strategic Team for Assessment, Implementation, and Review (STAIR). She is also a co-facilitator of the National Grief Share Support Group ministry which meets at St. Paul. Ms. Bailey is also the Head Feature Writer of Senior Magazine which has large distribution throughout Northern California. Ms. Bailey has two children, Wendy and Rodney, and is the proud grandmother of five. She is also the stepmother to Richard, whom she refers to as her “bonus” son. Traveling, within the United States, Mexico, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe, is one of her true passions.

Beatrice Toney Bailey
Mailing Address: PO BOX 2444,
Citrona Heights, CA 95611
Business Phone: (916) 745-3454