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A charming approach to putting your life in order so your loved ones won't have to. There's a word for it in Swedish: Döstädning, literally, 'death cleaning'.

Swedish-born Margareta Magnusson is, in her words, 'aged between 80 and 100'. When her husband died, she had to downsize her home. The experience forced her to recognise the power of 'death cleaning' and the concerns that must be addressed in order to do it with thought and care. Done well, the approach not only makes things easier for your loved ones later on; it allows you to revisit the lifetime of memories accumulated with your things.

From clothes and books to stuff you just can't get rid of, stuff that matters only to you, The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning offers indispensable advice on questions you will inevitably face when sorting through a lifetime of objects: How do you deal with your secrets? Tackle photographs and letters? Avoid heirs fighting over your belongings after you are gone?

This charming, practical audiobook based on personal experience and anecdotes will guide you in making the process uplifting rather than overwhelming: it focuses on the importance of living - even through death cleaning.

©2017 Margareta Magnusson (P)2017 Canongate

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Happy thoughts on mortality....

Confronting issue for us all. Put into focus without gloom. Much of the content is not new. I've thought about lots of its points already. The strength is in the logic, simplicity and written pace which makes it a quick page turning read generating mental nods of agreement as I work my way through it. The narrative voice (and the superb reader) is as gentle as the title predicts. The writer's personal anecdotes underscore but do not labour her message. Strange to say. I found this book charming. I began reading with the intent to gain discussions points to help me influence my very aged mother in getting her act together. Completely unexpectedly, I've realised that it is ME who must get my act together!

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Practical and entertaining

I enjoyed the very personal touch that Margareta gave to this guide to death cleaning. Very well read by Juliet Stevenson.

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Don’t waste your money

I this book was recommended to me by an “academic”. The voice continually annoyed me and the storyline was so basic and such “common sense” that I was surprised the storyline could be dragged out to “a whole book”. I am a very practical person. This book was borderline “rubbish”.

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Wonderful

Stevenson lends her soothing voice to Magnusson's reflections. More than just a book about cleaning.

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  • Tam Hallett
  • 18-05-2020

A must read for everyone.

Pleasant and easy to listen to, this book puts it all in perspective and had made me appreciate the gentle art of Swedish death cleaning. I can hardly wait to start.

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