OMG, I’m Gonna Die? Party Time!

OMG, I’m Gonna Die? Party Time! January 9, 2016

Sunrises and Sunsets: Final Affairs Forged with Flair and FUNctionality



Do you have a Bucket List? Sunrises and Sunsets may be one of the first things you should add to it. This awesome interview with Holley Kelly, M.S., C.P.G. is the second.


While we may not know when we’ll go, we do have a choice how we go. We may have more control over our death we had in our life. It may be really difficult to come to terms with the realization that from the moment we were born we began to die, but it is a fact.


Avoiding the inevitable may be as silly as avoiding a great birthday party.


End of Life Preparation is a subject we may avoid, but Holley explains how it can be fun. Yes, you heard correctly-FUN! And why shouldn’t it be? Death is as natural and joyful as birth.


Death is just birth that happens on the “other side.” “Oh, Happy Days….”



And for many, it is indeed a Happy Day when it is a day well planned, because they planned every detail of it. Since the age of 21, when she was asked to write her first eulogy, Holley Kelley has been writing and officiating at funerals, making them extraordinary, rather than ordinary. She continues to offer services in this area as well, and during this interview shares her enlightened experiences.


CLICK ON THE LINK at the END of the Article to LISTEN to author/guest Holley Kelley on the Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos Radio Show on Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod®


 Hear author Holley Kelley share thoughts and guidance on preparations for end-of-life from her book Sunrises and Sunsets. This interview touches               on spiritual and practical aspects of moving beyond life in an entirely thought-provoking, charming and novel way.


Holley Kelley, M.S., C.P.G.


Completely groundbreaking, her innovative book, Sunrises and Sunsets: Final Affairs Forged with Flair, Finesse, and FUNctionality, by is more than a guidebook, workbook and record archive in preparation for end-of-life. It captures your life highlights and key perspectives for posterity, moves you to action to clean up unfinished personal business, provides insights on how you wish to prepare for death and inspires you to live your Bucket List!


Listen as gerontologist and journalist Holley Kelley’s shares her gift of transforming fear into fun concerning end-of-life decision marking.


Discussing excerpts from her book, Sunrises and Sunsets, Final Affairs Forged with Flair, Finesse, and FUNctionality, Holley deep-dives into:

  •  planning what legacy we are leaving behind
  •  how we want to convey it
  •  and how we want to enjoy the time left to us-without the worry of unfinished business


 Listen as Holly shares her unique and innovative twist on final-affairs planning from a delightful and FUNctional perspective.


Holley tackles the unapproachable topic of death and dying with heart, compassion, wisdom and humor–and inspires a more epic form of passionate living with her readers in the process!


Hear Holley discuss her work which is part guidebook, part workbook, part spiritual call-to-action. This hybridized book is a powerful, beautiful and inspiring must-do for people of any age! From the full-color photographs, to the thought-provoking, inspiring and witty quotes, genuinely-impassioned poetry and heart-rending personal stories-Kelley has taken the dread, dismay and deferring out of the process of death planning.


Guest Holley Kelley and host Kat Kanavos discuss end of life topics such as:


  • why leave it to others to decide how to celebrate your life



  • make vital life-and-death decisions



  • and, pass along your inheritance (financial and cultural)




Help make your passing easier on loved ones by leaving them a roadmap to what you truly desire.


Listen as Kelley bids you join her on the journey as she takes you on a literary hand-holding expedition of personal exploration and considerations as she ushers you step-by-step to completing your advance-care planning and personal initiatives.


But, Sunrises and Sunsets is not just about planning for the Final Sunset. It is about new beginnings and newfound perspectives about living. It is about taking care of necessary personal business in a pro-active and responsible manner that allows for incredible peace-of-mind and freedom in the present. Kelley’s book is about planning for the Sunset, while enjoying every Sunrise, with fresh outlooks and appreciation!


 Hear how Holley got the idea to begin the book and developed assignments for one to take charge during the rite of passage to a greater understanding of who you are, where you are headed and the path you want to take to get there. And, in case you don’t make it there on time-well, you’ll have a plan for that, too!


 Author Holley Kelly and Host Kathleen O’Keefe-Kanavos explore their personal perspective on issues they will face in the future. They describe how they feel about planning for the end, and about life in general.



Kelley covers just about everything you’ll need in preparation for your final journey including:


  • Developing your “Kick-the-bucket-list,” to fulfill your dreams before departure!



  • What actions do you want to implement before you go… including those actions of apology, forgiveness and amends.



  • Recording the highlights of your life as you see them, along with special memories you want to pass along



  • Instructions on preparing “Dear Loved One” letters



  • Leaving your family an archived family history with family health history



  • Leaving a four-generation or more family tree



  • And, last but not least, writing your own obituary with fact and flair




From a detail standpoint, Sunrises and Sunsets provides:


  • Information on getting your Advance Directives, Last Will and Testament in order



  • What you need to know about funeral, burial or cremation planning and funding



  • A place to leave information on your assets, records, insurance policies, Medicare and Social Security information and more



  • A personal property archive designating who should receive each item and where it is located



  • Who to be notified in event of death and whom to invite to the funeral.



  • A fill-in-the-blanks instruction guide to your family about what you desire to occur at your end-of-life celebration including whom you wish to speak at your funeral!


  • Creative ways to make your funeral memorable, uplifting and even joyful. Alternatives to funerals-other ways to celebrate your life.



Checklists Are Important! Make yours as you listen.


Sunrises and Sunsets is an invaluable piece of work aimed at helping you take stock in every detail surrounding your future destiny. This is a gift to the reader as much to their loved-ones.




Hear what readers are saying about Holly’s book:


“My father had just passed away at age 94 when I was introduced to Sunrises and Sunsets.  Holley Kelley’s honest voice reached out to me in every chapter of this informative and inspiring bok about preparing for the end of life’s journey.” – Andrea C. Birch, Ph.D., Dean, College of Fine Arts and Humanities Professor of Philosophy, Brenau University


“Holley Kelley provides clear, logical guidelines for getting one’s affairs in order while there is still time. Her lively writing style, wit, verve, and generosity of spirit make the process a surprising adventure.” — Nan Morrison, Emeritus Professor of English, College of Charleston


 “Sunrises and Sunsets will be an indispensable tool in my gerontology professional toolbox and in my own personal life.”- Ginger Ragans, MS, C.P.G., CAPS


Author Holley Kelley lets you take all of this in your own hands, so your wishes are carried forward and implemented, and you can have peace of mind while you live the rest of your life.


Listen as she escorts people through extraordinary ideas, shares stories and offers her thoughts to help them uniquely create, design and prepare for one of the most important days of their life.




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About the Author/Guest: Holley Kelly M.S., C.P.G., comes to this area with a wealth of experience. She is the Founder of the Latter-Life Planning Institute, holds has a Master’s degree in Gerontology, and is also a Credentialed Professional Gerontologist awarded through the National Association of Professional Gerontologists. She hosts workshops on latter-life issues, advance-care planning, and end-of-life consulting. The workshops are fun, engaging and social, while tackling important issues. Kelley also has created The Leader’s Guide, available on her website, where groups can lead and coordinate independently using her personally created workshop instruction guide. To learn more, visit




 About the Host: Kathleen (Kat) O’Keefe-Kanavos is a TV/Radio Producer/Host of Wicked Housewives On Cape Cod® and Author/Lecturer of International award winning bestseller, Surviving Cancerland: Intuitive Aspects of Healing which promotes patient advocacy and connecting with inner guidance for health, wealth, and love, contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Dreams & Premonitions, PATHEOS Blogger and Columnist to Women Voices Magazine: SOUL and HOME, and Wellenss Women 40 and Beyond: Dream Queen. Kat taught Special Education and Psychology at USF. If you wish to be a radio show host, interviewed by Kat or wish to learn more about her go to to make your dreams come true.

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