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Practical Advice on Living and Dying Well

"In our minds, we were set for life, but as it turns out,

we were not set for death." - Pat Miles

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Meet the Author

Pat Miles Zimmerman

Pat Miles Zimmerman was a revered part of the Twin Cities media landscape for more than a

quarter of a century. A former TV news anchor for WCCO-TV and KARE 11, she was also the

creator and host of A Pat Miles Special for KARE and rounded out her career as host of The Pat

Miles Show on WCCO Radio. A role model for women in the industry, Pat has won numerous

accolades, including the National Television Academy’s Silver Circle Award and induction into

the Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Fame.

"I hope the sage advice from experts and the stories from surviving ​spouses in the book will provide comfort and a plan of action."

About the Book

By combining real-life anecdotal experiences with practical information from experts, Pat Miles and Suzanne Watson have created an honest, inspiring guide to preparing women and couples for the emotional, practical and financial impact of losing a spouse or partner.

In Before All is Said and Done, Pat navigates the realities surrounding dying and widowhood in our culture. She reveals how her husband’s untimely death deeply affected every aspect of her life and parallels how other women have dealt with the grief, financial upsets and daily life changes that come with such painful loss. The authors balance those stories with practical advice from therapists as well as financial, legal and medical experts. Readers will appreciate this common sense guide to preparing for and dealing with one of life’s greatest challenges.

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What people are saying

“When you want the best advice, you go to the smartest people you know. Pat Miles is one of those

people, and her story puts her in a unique position to offer honest, practical, and compassionate advice.

This book is a blessing for survivors navigating the toughest days of their lives.

- Harvey Mackay,

NYT #1 Bestselling Author of Swim With the Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

I have a friend who recently lost her ​husband after a very brief illness. I ​was trying to find something that ​would be helpful to her, and I found ​this book that apparently just came ​out. I ordered the paperback for her, ​and then ordered a digital copy for ​myself. I have read quite a bit of it, ​and it is well written and actually ​very informative, easy to read. I like ​to learn from other people's ​experiences and hopefully not repeat ​their mistakes so I appreciate the ​advice. I will always keep a copy of ​this book for myself or to give to ​someone else who needs it.

- Leigh B, Amazon Reader Review

“Through Pat’s personal experience with many of these issues, she has compiled an extremely insightful

and empathic view of the role of the caregiver. I think this is a must-read for persons and families with

loved ones experiencing cognitive challenges.”

- Ronald Petersen, PhD, MD,

Mayo Clinic

"For a culture that finds it difficult ​to talk about the end of life, Before ​All Is Said and Done is the ​roadmap we all need to navigate ​the practicalities of death while ​experiencing shock, loss, and ​grief."

- Lee Woodruff,

NYT Bestselling author

This book is so succinct and lays ​out the information so needed to ​know prior to death! I wasn’t sure ​it would apply to me, a single ​woman with no children, but ​everyone needs to have a will, as ​well as a medical Power of ​Attorney, and more than one ​financial Power of Attorney.

It helps family know what your ​wishes are and relieves their ​stress, loss, and grief."

- Michele C,

Amazon Reader Review

The book should be

Required Reading for married ​couples of all ages....

- Dr. Golden, MD

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