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About Jane Duncan Rogers

Jane Duncan Rogers runs Before I Go Solutions, a not-for-profit that helps people design and create their end-of-life plans. An award-winning coach, she is the author of Gifted By Grief: A True Story of Cancer, Loss and Rebirth, and Before I Go: Practical Questions to Ask and Answer Before You Die. Find out how prepared you are for your own end of life by taking her free quiz: How Prepared Are You? https://beforeigosolutions.com/big-quiz/
Latest Posts | By Jane Duncan Rogers
9 Unique Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones
4 days ago

9 Unique Ways to Remember Your Loved Ones

Walking in a beautiful memorial park in Coventry, England, dedicated to the huge numbers of men killed in both World Wars, I felt the peace in the air. Read More

3 Tiny Tips for Making End of Life Admin Easier, Before It’s Too Late
1 month ago

3 Tiny Tips for Making End of Life Admin Easier, Before It’s Too Late

Life administration is never at the top of our priority list, is it? Hopefully, we are having too much pleasure in our actual days to think about the administration that needs to happen in order for our lives to go smoothly. Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Advance Directives
2 months ago

5 Things You Need to Know About Advance Directives

Marie’s son was distraught. He had told his mother he would have the doctors do everything they could – but now they were saying that they didn’t know how long she would be able to breathe on her own without the tube, nor did they know how long she might last if the machine continued to do most of the breathing for her. Read More

7 Practical Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Good Death
3 months ago

7 Practical Ways to Set Yourself Up for a Good Death

I never thought about death much, other than as a concept, until my husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2010. Then it made its entrance with a bang. Even though he was 65, it felt far too young to be contemplating death. Read More

3 Pointers on How to Cope with Planning for a Good Death
4 months ago

3 Pointers on How to Cope with Planning for a Good Death

This is a photo I took of my parents’ joint funeral.

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Unbelievably, they both died in the same week, in their sleep, aged 86 and 84. My dad had had a stroke a year previously and hadn’t been doing too well, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected when I got a phone call one morning saying he hadn’t woken up. Read More

The Empty Chair: The One Essential Way for the Bereaved to Cope Better with That First Christmas
5 months ago

The Empty Chair: The One Essential Way for the Bereaved to Cope Better with That First Christmas

You imagine ahead to your traditional dinner: you know what you will be eating, you know who you will be celebrating with, you know where you will be – but suddenly your heart drops. This year there will be an empty chair round that table. Read More

5 Tips for Dealing with Grief Over Christmas
5 months ago

5 Tips for Dealing with Grief Over Christmas

Christmas, much like the other holidays, is a time when people look forward to the comforting nature of tradition, but when a death happens, the tradition is disrupted. Read More

The Unintended Consequences of Leaving Without a Will
8 months ago

The Unintended Consequences of Leaving Without a Will

We all know that writing a will is a good idea, but many of us never find the time to get around to it. “I’m too young. I don’t have anything to leave behind. I’ll set my affairs in order.” These are all statements many of us have used to procrastinate creating a will, or refute the idea altogether. Read More

14 Easy Ways to Keep Funeral Costs Down
10 months ago

14 Easy Ways to Keep Funeral Costs Down

“I don’t want to pay that amount of money for something I don’t want!”

I screamed these words to the funeral director who sat opposite me on the sofa two days after my husband had died. Read More

3 Tips on How to Talk with Someone Who Is Dying
11 months ago

3 Tips on How to Talk with Someone Who Is Dying

Sylvia was becoming more and more frail. It was clear that, though in good spirits, her body was nearing the end of life. She kept having visits to the hospital and had recently had a fall which had precipitated one of these. Read More