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Wrapping It Up – The Ultimate Guide
Packing Up Possessions & Other End-of-Life Matters
by Diana Todd-Banks

Has someone in your family just died?

Are you planning for the death of a friend or family member, maybe your own… one day?

Are you looking for a book that will help you with the practical aspects of packing up someone’s estate?

“‘Wrapping It Up’ is a much-needed book, and is particularly useful for a parent when their sons and daughters don’t want to talk about the issue of their parents passing. I have read your book ‘Wrapping It Up’ it’s great. I’ve marked it with my thoughts for my son, completed the checklists and given it all to my lawyer. Well done.”

Need Help Now?

If you have an urgent need to immediately identify the actions you need to identify to wrap up now:

Please read Sections D and E of ‘Wrapping It Up – The Ultimate Guide’ before commencing to wrap up.

Here will find practical information, actions and checklists you can easily implement but which can be adjusted to the situation you may be facing.

‘Wrapping It Up’ is a book nobody wants … but everyone needs!

It is a form of ‘first aid’ for the future.

Wrapping up the estate of a deceased person

Whether death comes quickly or can be planned for, the process of wrapping up someone’s home after they have died is something for which most of us are unprepared.

All of the person’s legal and financial affairs may be in order, such as trusts, taxes, powers of attorney, last wills and testaments, but what about their day to day affairs, their possessions, personal affects, their pets, their clothing, their photo albums and their other precious memorabilia?

Until now no substantial help or information has been available on how to go about handling all these areas.

“Congratulations on taking on such a task, you have created and provided something very helpful for people who need to do one of the most difficult tasks in life. I’ve bought 5 copies and given one to each family member and kept one for myself.”

Grief & clear logical thinking

Dealing with someone’s death tends to be a personal process that we work through in private.

The emotions of grief and loss are so raw and engulfing, powerful and consuming, they can block one’s ability to think clearly and logically. People on the outside are unwilling to interrupt the mourning process for fear of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Yet this is precisely the time when you need someone – or something – that can guide you through the practical aspects of wrapping up or packing up someone’s home and possessions.

“The unique value of ‘Wrapping It Up’ is that it provides in a calm way, clarity and direction for others who are bound up with so much emotion they can’t act effectively or logically. It’s a reality check for every adult, helpful now or for the future.” Public Speaker, Mike F, U.S.A.

Follow Diana’s ‘Wrapping It Up’ Journey

Wrapping Up After a Good Life

How to “wrap up” a deceased person’s home is not a subject or topic of discussion commonly found in schools or at many dinner tables around Australia.

Wrapping Up – Life Weekly

When Diana Todd-Banks’ mother died and Diana was left to clean up her home, she found 31 pairs of spectacles, 35 pairs of leather gloves, 29 identical cream blouses and 51 pairs of expensive Ferragamo shoes.

All That’s Left

Upon hearing of her mother’s death in 1998, a grieving Diana Todd-Banks flew from Cairns to her mother’s home in Adelaide almost overwhelmed by the task before her – clearing her mother’s house.

Out of the Ashest

During the dark days of living with chronic fatigue syndrome, never did I think I would recover, let alone have a life again.

Looking After a Loved One’s Letters

As the Baby Boomers steadily approach their final years, it is inevitable that many are going to be left with the task of ‘wrapping up’ their homes and their lives.

When it’s Your Turn to Wrap Up

Tackling the Emotions of ‘Wrapping Up’

Guiding Hand at Emotional Time

Wrapping it Up – Brisbane Legal

Wrapping It Up – the Ultimate Guide

This can be your friend. Providing you with practical advice and guidance as you either work through the process of sorting out someone’s estate after they died – or planning in advance for sorting out someone’s personal effects once they pass are issues that are covered.

It’s there like a friend throughout the process, one you can turn to when you need it, and one that will help you deal with this difficult process.

Every home needs a copy of Wrapping It Up

Wrapping It Up deals with the practical questions you need to address for your own affairs, and will be faced with after someone close has died. This includes:

What to do after a person has died and been moved from their home.
What needs to be achieved within the first 2 or 3 days?
What must be done before starting to wrap up?
When can to start and where?
Are there safety issues that must be heeded?
How to prevent grief and stress affecting ones thinking & decision-making?
What is the best way to sort, pack and distribute items?
How can difficult relatives best be handled?
How to handle unexpected surprises?
Pets are family too – what must to do for their future care and safety?
Computers, pin numbers and passwords – addresses issues that could prevent costly surprises.
What are the most common pitfalls or mistakes people make wrapping up?
What you can do for your own affairs
Wrapping It Up – The Ultimate Guide, answers all these questions but also includes over 200 anecdotes from others who provide real life tips and suggestions. As well this ground-breaking book is full of practical information and helpful checklists to personalize.

“Rarely, does a book arrive on the shelves that actually breaks new ground. ‘Wrapping It Up’ is a gem and Diana Todd-Banks has taken a taboo subject and delivered a precious and very useful gem. Succinct and practical, ‘Wrapping It Up’ is a resource every family will need. It would have taken extraordinary strength to research this emotional and difficult subject and the author has come up with a winner. Life, taxes and death, find out how to deal with what is left behind. WIU, a five star publication! Well done!” Jim S.

Need Help Now?

If you have an urgent need to immediately identify the actions you need to identify to wrap up now:

Please read Sections D and E of ‘Wrapping It Up – The Ultimate Guide’ before commencing to wrap up.

Here will find practical information, actions and checklists you can easily implement but which can be adjusted to the situation you may be facing.

This subject can no longer be invisible!

Here’s why:

Soon more than a 35-40% of the western population will be over the age of 50
Ever increasing numbers of people are living alone, and
Unexpected illnesses and accidents cut lives tragically short
If you travel extensively be proactive about these important issues raised
EVERY ADULT needs to be informed about the subject of packing up, winding up or wrapping up because it’s almost a certain we all will wrap up for another, at some point.

This is also why every home needs a copy of
‘Wrapping It Up – The Ultimate Guide.’
We need to be prepared!

Diana’s Story

This remarkable guidebook began as a result of a personal experience of the author. Diana’s mother was found alone at home, days after her sudden unexpected death. This traumatic experience was compounded by the need to confront and deal with a household full of possessions collected over decades. It is a difficult task for everyone but it must be done … someone has to do it!

Despite extensive searching, no helpful resources could be found to guide her. Having been a writer and a businesswoman, it was then she decided to write a definitive how-to book so others would not feel so overwhelmed. After creating a research website, resulting in more than 40,000 answers Diana then published her findings. But of those early research days she says:

“As the answers came in I was overwhelmed by other people’s stories. Many were deeply emotional accounts of tragic, sometimes times funny, even surprising or beautiful accounts of their experiences. I thought, “how can I possibly do justice to these gut wrenching and heart-warming stories?”

A Note from the Author

Have you ever thought about how a person begins to write a book? I hadn’t! Do you just sit at the computer and say to yourself: “today I am going to begin writing a book.”

Every writer has a different approach, but for me it soon became apparent that researching and writing a first book, let alone one on such a deep subject, would be like embarking on a very long journey, you know where you want to go, but the way to get there may seem hazy, or at times even unknown. Somehow though, you summon the faith and allow the journey to unfold while being open to whatever happens along the way.

That’s also an interesting approach to adopt in life.

Creating and writing this book, ‘Wrapping It Up – The Ultimate Guide’ was at times very difficult. But I kept focused on the goal I set out to achieve which was to create a pathway … a guidebook to help others with the task of wrapping it up.

It is my hope after reading it, you will find the suggestions, very practical, helpful and informative but also an enjoyable read, as others have found.

Please read it before you need it!

Author’s Epilogue:

“As you proceed with the process of wrapping it up for another,
you may find you are uncovering the life of a quiet achiever,
a person who was a legend in their time.

Honour and celebrate that person’s life
regardless of his or her history, and remember …
that someone, someday,
will be wrapping up for you.”


This guidebook also addresses handling your own affairs and possessions ahead of ‘that time we will all face one day’, plus it addresses issues of concern beyond the realm of your will and other important documents. Some issues may surprise you!

After you’ve read it and take action with the information, you can be confident that your new knowledge will make life easier for those who wrap up for you … one day.

This product comes with a 100% Money Back Guarantee. Read the book from end to end, and if the strategies don’t work for you within 12 months, we’ll cheerfully refund your money, and you can keep the product too.

More Kind Words from Others

“I heard you on the radio and your suggestion of how to sort an entire household full of possessions using specific sorting categories was very helpful, but of the most help, was your suggestion of having an ‘undecided’ sorting category in fact all the information was so very helpful. It saved me a lot of stress and time. Thank you so much Diana.”

“As with grievance handling and other support services, there is a ‘screaming need’ for a guidebook such as ‘Wrapping It Up’. Congratulations on your initiative, you will be making a mark from which many will benefit in the future. “

“Diana your book ‘Wrapping It Up’ is really practical and informative and really easy to read. I was so frightened about it all before I read your book now it’s removed my fear of the task … and I know I can do it. I now understand the phrase “my own personal grieving ceremony,” because that’s what wrapping up can be.”

“I’m delighted to have heard your radio interview you were so realistic and real about an issue we all need to face, so next day I went out and bought your book. Write more please!”

“Having a guide book and check list to follow has given me the knowledge needed to undertake this complex task, as well I know what I need to do with my own affairs and possessions.”

“Oh Diana, your chapter on ‘Pets Are Family Too’, broke my heart, but all pet owners need to read this and take action so this tragic story doesn’t happen to their special mate, their pet.”

“Congratulations on taking on such a task, you have created and provided something very helpful for people who need to do one of the most difficult tasks in life. I’ve bought 5 copies and given one to each family member and kept one for myself.

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