"The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" has been written. Be part of getting it into the hands of people who need it.
Do you have invisible conversations? I do. You know, they're those conversations which begin up in your head, but never make it out of of your mouth. They happen in all of our relationships, but when they exist with those who are closest to us, they can wreak havoc in our lives. Invisible conversations with parents who are aging can be especially painful, because of the disconnect at a crucial time of life.
Here are some examples:
Jane's mother and father have continued to live in their family home. During her last visit, Jane noticed her father was more forgetful than the last time she saw them. Knowing how her parents value their independance, she doesn't know how to approach the conversation about his health and their future plans.
Henry and Carolyn are worried. Their brother, Sam, is living with their mother. Sam has had a rough few years financially and they wonder if he is taking advantage of their mother's generosity.
Susan and her father have always had a complicated relationship. She has tried to put the past behind her so they can be closer, but she is having a hard time doing it. She doesn't know how to make peace with her father before it's too late.
I wrote "The Invisible Conversations (tm) with Your Aging Parents" as a way to aid adults to begin or continue the conversations they want and need to have with their parents as they age. Now that it's been released (self published in January 2012, ebook in March 2012) I need to get it into the hands of the people who need it most.
The Project: Let's Get Talking...A Book Tour
From August through October 2012, I will embark on a cross-country conversational experience I'm calling "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents Book Tour." I will visit big cities and small towns, speaking at different houses of worship, civic groups, assisted living facilities, or any other place you want me to go. The more funds raised, the more communities I'll be able to engage. We'll talk about the ways in which you, as a spouse, adult child, neighbor or friend, can connect on a deeper level with those you love as they age. We'll talk about how to begin or continue conversations on issues such as: maintaining the right documents; driving safety; acting as a patient advocate for your parent; communicating with siblings; taking care of yourself as a caregiver; recording family memories before it's too late; completing unfinished business, among many other topics.
A traditional PR campaign is costly and doesn't necessarily reach the person this book is intended to touch. That's where you come in. Together, we can get this very user-friendly book into the hands of those it can really help. The way this works is that unless all of the funds are raised within 30 days, the project doesn't happen and no one's credit card is charged.
Here's how the funds will be used:
Travel costs for 3 months: $7000 including airfare, car rental, hotel, food
Printing and Shipping of books: $4000
Website update $1600
Kickstarter and Amazon administrative fees: $1400
I've already been out speaking in the New York and surrounding states speading the word about "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" this Spring of 2012 and I'm already schedule to keynote at 2 conferences/talks later this year. Here are some other events:
Darby and Friends radio, WGCH AM radio, May 8,2012:
Here's what others are saying about the book (since its 2012 release):
"With helpful lists of conversation-starting questions and moving case histories, White's direct, compassionate tone and crisply crafted writing will be appreciated by readers who need pragmatic strategies to better communicate with their fading parents." --Kirkus Reviews
"This book is like having someone verbalizing all the questions and what if's you have on your mind. It answers all your questions, and provides you with the right questions to ask your parents and the professionals working with them. I highly recommend having this book on hand to refer to during your journey through life."
"This book is a must-read for anyone who is dealing with an aging parent. It is an easy read that is filled with smart strategies, suggestions for conversation starters (including conversations with your siblings and caretakers) and actionable advice. The author brings a lifetime of experiences as a minister who has helped families through the many challenges associated with caring for loved ones as they navigate through aging and the dying process.
Clearly this book covers a heavy subject, but rather than depressing you, this book will leave you feeling empowered and hopeful." Nancy, CT
"My husband and I have helped his mother through her end-of-life care and were guardians for his elderly aunt. We wish we had used a wonderful resource like Shannon's book to smooth our way. After reading this, we are already revising our estate plans and planning to have conversations on a deeper level with our children." Allison, FL
Let's add to these comments and make this a blockbuster event which will result in deeper family experiences nationwide. I look forward to meeting you along the tour. I am grateful for your partnership.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $14,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on June 27, 2012.
May 24, 2012 - Jun 27, 2012 (34 days)
Pledge $5 or more
You'll get a pdf download version of "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" for your personal use.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $10 or more
You'll receive a paperback copy of "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" (shipping included).Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $25 or more
You'll receive 2 paperback copies of "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents" (one for you and one for Mom and Dad!) personally inscribed for you.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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You'll receive 2 paperback, inscribed copies of "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents," and free admission/link for a teleseminar hosted by Shannon with an expert in the field of aging (TBD).Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
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You'll receive 5 inscribed books for your use or donation, a link to the teleseminar (TBD), plus blog updates along the tour.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $250 or more
You'll receive 5 inscribed books (perfect for a book club or discussion group), the link to the teleseminar, and a 30 minute coaching session via telephone or skype with Shannon, and blog updates along the tour.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
You'll receive 10 books (shipped to your door to keep or donate, or you can choose the ebook), a personalized webinar/teleseminar on the topics of your choice, blog updates along the tour, and a 1 hour coaching session with you or other members of your family via telephone or skype.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $2,500 or more
You'll receive 20 books (or ebook download)either for yourself or for donation to others, blog updates, a personalized visit/talk to your group by Shannon for those within 1 hour's drive from Mount Kisco or 3 one-half hour coaching sessions by phone.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $4,000 or more
You'll receive 20 books (or ebook download) and blog updates along the tour. Plus, Shannon will visit your location anywhere in the USA to talk to your group about "The Invisible Conversations with Your Aging Parents," or Shannon will provide 3 one-hour coaching sessions by phone or skype.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012