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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
A Graceful Farewell

with Maggie Watson
Monday, November 1, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Maggie Watson Although the thought of dying is not a pleasant one, Maggie Watson's talk on November 1 at 7:00 p.m. entitled "A Graceful Farewell" can ease the trauma associated with this difficult topic. She has thoughtfully prepared a step-by-step guide to provide peace of mind and comfort for anyone knowing that one's personal and financial data are organized and that one's intentions for possessions and even the funeral are planned.

Drawing on information from her book and accompanying CD with the same title as the talk, Maggie can help organize for the eventuality of someone passing. She will cover other information an executor will need gathered in one place, such as insurance, medical, financial, and household details.

In addition, she will discuss writing wills, trusts, advanced directives, and power of attorney documents. On a more personal level she has helpful ways to convey specific instructions and tools to encourage communication among family members and even ideas on how one can plan his or her own funeral.

A Graceful Farewell Facing the eventuality of death especially when one can think clearly is made easier both for individuals and for the family and friends, provided there has been proper planning, and Maggie will outline the necessary steps in a format easy to understand and follow. Over ten years ago she learned firsthand what could happen when someone dies without leaving clear and organized instructions.

The author lives in Little River. In 2005, Cypress House in Fort Bragg first published her book and accompanying CD. She has worked as a professional organizer since 1985 and currently specializes with the elderly and infirm. More information can be found at her web site -

The Mendonoma coast is home to many retirees for whom this information is invaluable and this talk is an opportunity to deal with the difficult subject without the stresses that inevitably accompany a terminal illness. It is especially important if one's family is not in the area. There will be a $5 admission collected at the door.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.