The Bottom Drawer Book


Lisa Herbert is an author, freelance journalist, cemetery wanderer, death awareness advocate, charity worker, blogger and public speaker. A radio journalist for 17 years, Lisa has also worked as a TV reporter and producer.

Her interest in western society’s perception of death and dying was sparked as a teen after reading the books of renowned psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. The works, inspired by Dr Kübler-Ross’ work with terminally ill patients, were groundbreaking at the time. Never before had the emotional needs of the dying been given attention by the medical profession.

More than fifty years on and many people are still reluctant to talk about the inevitable. However, while researching The Bottom Drawer Book, Lisa found that once the discussion began, people opened up and gave their mortality some measured thought. All they needed was someone to initiate the discussion. And that’s where The Bottom Drawer Book comes in. Its aim is to start the conversation.

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Getting your life’s affairs in order doesn’t need to be grim. The Bottom Drawer Book is a modern, colourful, non-confrontational After Death Action Plan and funeral planning guide, helping you prepare for the inevitable with quirky but practical tips and information.

Your ideas, funeral plans, and your life’s reflections will sit quietly in its pages until they’re needed. Then, when your time comes, there’ll be no family squabbling over how much to spend on your casket, who gets your ashes, what beer will be served at the wake, or which outfit you’ll be buried in.

Now in its third edition, The Bottom Drawer Book encourages you to write your responses to a series of questions and actions within its pages.  The book will become a memento of you and what’s important in your life, written in your handwriting, your doodling, your humour.

Written by journalist Lisa Joy Herbert and illustrated by Phil Judd, this book guides you through things to consider with humour and levity, like traditional religious funeral or celebration of life? Hymns or pop songs? Cremation, burial, or compost? A champagne wake or cordial and cake?

There is lots of room for personal reflection, giving your loved ones the opportunity to grieve and celebrate the real you and your honest story – knowing it’s just what you would have wanted.