Your Digital Undertaker
Exploring Death in the Digital Age in Canada
by Sharon Hartung, Captain (Ret'd), PEng, MSc, BEng, PMP(R), CD
Pub Date 22 Feb 2019
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If you are an adult Canadian who uses e-mail and surfs the internet, this book is for you. In a unique and humorous way, this former military officer and tech executive shares what she's learned about the estate industry and the taboo topic of preparing for one's own death. Preparing for death doesn't need to be scary or foreboding. It can actually be liberating and energizing. Join Your Digital Undertaker in an exploration of death in the digital age in Canada, which lifts the lid on how the deathcare and estate industry works today, and tackles it through the project management and digital lens.
This exploration includes simple diagrams, easy to understand scenarios, and user options that require only a couple of mouse clicks. You'll learn your digital life is not isolated from your physical life, as technology is the new player at the estate planning table. Cracking the code to digital death and its afterlife requires deciphering the code for your regular and physical life. By the end of this book, you should feel armed with questions and a perspective on how to tackle your digital life in the context of your overall estate.
You might even walk away inspired to get on with dealing with your will and estate plan with estate planning professionals. If you are a named executor in a will or appointed in a Power of Attorney, this book is for you as well, as it might motivate you to ask a lot more questions about your role before you get handed "digital hell in a hand basket." For those having the challenging conversations with their parents, family members or clients, let Your Digital Undertaker ask some of the basic questions and open the door for a meaningful discussion....
A Note From the Publisher
Author is available for interviews, blog tours, autographed tours, autographed book giveaways, contests, and book club discussions.
One of the challenges of end-of-life planning is that it involves many separate elements. What medical care do you want when you can’t speak for yourself? Who do you trust to manage your financial affairs if you are no longer capable of doing so yourself? How do you want people to remember you after you die?
A quick google search will provide many answers, but they are usually superficial and often wrong.
This book is a terrific resource for those who truly want to put their affairs in order. It is both painstakingly researched and a pleasure to read. The author uses clear diagrams, helpful checklists, periodic summaries and gentle humour to help readers understand the decisions required and make better ones as a result.
-Wanda Morris, CPA, Grey Matters' Founder, Former Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer CARP
Sharon Hartung, Captain (Ret'd), PEng, MSc, BEng, PMP(R), CD, is a retired aerospace engineering officer from the Royal Canadian Air Force and former technology executive from IBM. She has been providing information technology management advice to clients for over 30 years. Recognized as an innovator throughout her career, Sharon is currently an entrepreneur in the estate industry. With her experience in information technology, project management and consulting, Sharon brings a unique multiple disciplinary approach to managing digital assets in estate planning and estate administration. Sharon is currently a Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) affiliate and committee member of the STEP Global Digital Assets Special Interest Group.