Tara O’Connor has worked for many years in the financial services sector, helping clients to plan and prepare for life’s many changes. She has helped her clients to formulate strategies which are most beneficial to those who are left behind should the worst happen. Tara’s motto is “prepare for the worst and hope for the best”.Expiry dates. They are on everything from food to fashion, sponges to soap. However it is not often we contemplate our own expiry, as we are usually busy getting on with the job of living our lives. It is a scientific fact that illness and death will affect every one of us at some stage during our lives. Whether that is through the death of a loved one or friend, organising a loved ones funeral, or being given our own diagnosis of a life limiting condition, death is closer than we think.Coffins & Caskets is a practical guide for those wishing to plan their own or a loved ones funeral. It contains many of the legal and practical requirements for a dignified and personal send-off.It also includes a section which allows messages, thoughts and notes to be left for our loved ones after we have gone. Can you imagine their surprise if you have left instructions as to your wishes, and then they find your loving words and messages? They will be saddened as your passing, but grateful, happy and comforted by the words and thoughts you leave with them to heal and stay strong.“Death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it” Steve Jobs.