Art of Dying Volume II - Page 45

It's ironic that I was one of the first people to benefit from Good To Go. My dad attended one of the early Good To Go parties and filled out all of the information. The next day I went over to his place. We put on 50's music. We ordered pizza. And we went through all of the details. He even wrote his own obituary. He didn't want me to go through what I went through with my mom. The next year he was hospitalized with pneumonia and died. Before I visited my dad in his hospital room, I went straight to the nurses’ desk and presented his end-of-life paperwork. The doctors and nurses looked at me wide- eyed. They were so grateful. They said, "No one ever does this. It's always up to us to have this conversation." In the Good To Go video I say, "It'll give you the peace that you don't know you're going to need." I was thinking of the survivors. I wasn't thinking it also gives the dying the peace to let go. I witnessed firsthand that Good To Go helped my dad die peacefully. With each Good To Go printing, I add client suggestions, so it's expanded to cover pretty much everything. For example, at the onset, I had space to list only doctors. One of my clients said, "You should include dentists because, God forbid, if there's some kind of of tragedy, they may have to identify you by your dental records.” Pets are given attention in the Good To Go paperwork. Who do you want to take your pet, and have you talked to that person? What if they can't find the pet? What are their hiding places? What are their allergies? The Good To Go paperwork goes into the everyday details that you're not going to put in a will. You're not going to put your gmail password in a will. You might write it down on a scrap of paper and put it somewhere safe, but again, you’re making your loved ones have to look for it. Good To Go covers everything that a will wouldn't cover. You learn so much about your friends and family at a Good to Go Party. Even though the subject matter is serious, we don't take ourselves seriously. Nobody leaves a party feeling depressed or gloomy. I would say the overriding feeling is euphoria because they're not dying. They're alive. They're overwhelmed at the amount of information that their loved ones would need. They know they have taken a significant step toward freeing their friends and family to grieve in a positive, healthy way. AMY PICKARD made her living as a freelance TV producer and broadcaster and has written for the Austin American Statesman, London’s Daily Mail on Sunday, BUST and REAL SIMPLE magazine.  After her mom’s sudden death in 2012, she experienced a tectonic spiritual transformation and discovered her cosmic calling by creating an unconventional advance planning company called Good To Go!.  Her mission is to change the cultural narrative on how we view death preparedness, dying and the aftermath…by having a party!  She recently drove across America giving Good To Go! pop up parties and experiencing rock and roll epiphanies along the way.  She is currently working on a podcast called “Here, There and Everywhere,” interviewing artists about grief, loss and the cosmos.  Amy is on a mission to spread the death preparedness message to the mainstream through popular culture and she envisions facilitating G2G! workshops for corporate retreats, creating Virgin Nursing Homes with Richard Branson and getting all of her favorite musicians Good To Go!  GOODTOGOPEACE.ORG VOLUME II | 45 LAURA HUTCHENS