What Matters Most: Now in Paperback!In What Matters Most, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to prepare for when life goes sideways.
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What Matters Most: The Get Your Shit Together Guide to Wills, Money, Insurance, and Life’s ‘What-ifs’ draws on my very intimate, incredibly personal experience of losing my husband, plus everything I learned in the process putting my life back together again. The book blends story and narrative along with hard-earned advice to act as your personal guide and give you real-life, no-B.S. information on the things we all struggle with and know we need to do:

  • Creating legal documents like a will and living will
  • Updating (or finally getting) a life insurance policy
  • Keeping track of online accounts and passwords
  • Starting or growing an emergency fund
  • Keeping secure, up-to-date records of personal information

What Matters Most is the approachable, no-nonsense handbook I needed and didn’t have and offers what can help many of us live a life with less worry and provide some answers to all the “what ifs.” 

Praise for What Matters Most:

“How strange to have been so conscious about money in life but lax about where it all goes when I die. I’ve bought my green burial plot, picked who will bury me, but had I written my will? Well yes, many times, but never completed any of them. That stopped the day I read Chanel’s book. How free I feel to have these tasks done.” – Vicki Robin, New York Times bestselling author of Your Money or Your Life

“There’s little point in worrying about a future death, but simple acts of planning can relieve your worries, protect and prepare you for what lies ahead, and give you a calmer and more peaceful today. These preparations are not only pragmatic acts, but sacred gifts to our future selves and to those we love who will survive us. What Matters Most is a reassuring, step-by-step guide to a better future in the midst of grief and loss.” – Katy Butler, author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door and The Art of Dying Well

“Reynolds took her own unthinkable tragedy and turned it into a rallying cry. In What Matter Most, she is your funny, irreverent friend, who’s here to show you tough love. The time for death denial and keeping your head in the sand is over.” – Caitlin Doughty, New York Times bestselling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity

“Grief is a monster better confronted without a legal, financial and logistical mess left behind; Chanel’s wisdom is a gift to all future dead people wanting to lift some of the burden of loss off their surviving loved ones. What Matters Most offers you the chance to consider, and find, those critical answers.” Rebecca Soffer, coauthor of Modern Loss: Candid Conversation About Grief. Beginners Welcome

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