“What you’ll need to know when I die” – Harris N. (Hershey) Rosen

by Harris N. Hershey Rosen, contributing writer, author, “Why? Because I Love You”

Think about all the information – in your head – that your loved ones will need when you die. It’s not written anywhere; it’s not in your computer or on your phone. There are no paper records, for the most part. It’s not even in that old file cabinet downstairs. But it’s some of the most valuable information for you and your family.

Now think about you not being here anymore – with little warning, no time to prepare – just, as can happen in life – pfft! – you are gone. The information can’t be found; it can’t be reconstructed. It dies with you. And with that, vital information your spouse or loved ones need dies to – never to be retrieved in any way,

The primary reason I wrote, ”Why? Because I love you” is in the sub-title: “What You’ll Need to Know When I Die”. It says it all.

One of the biggest problems people face when a family member passes is finding and acting o critical information such as final wishes and arrangements, financial records, house maintenance, etc.

Much more than a check list, this book helps organize, prompts, and guides financial or household managers to record important information for family members such as:

  • How to replenish the checkbook balance
  • Information on investments, insurance, and unpaid bills
  • Locations of legal papers survivors will need
  • Whom to contact when an appliance stops working
  • All about your house, including the alarm system, who has keys, etc.
  • Computer passwords and whom to call when a crash occurs
  • Medical data you need to know
  • Downsizing – when and how to
  • Instructions for distributing furniture and other items to avoid later disputes
  • How and where to get rid of stuff the kids didn’t want

This book is for:

  • Those with aging parents
  • Caretakers
  • Estate executors
  • Anyone who wants to provide vital information for family members

Why Because I Love You is the easiest way to provide peace of mind for your family knowing that vital information is readily accessible, and it is a loving gift for those you care about the most.

Empower your loved ones with knowledge!


Harris “Hershey” Rosen, is the author of WHY? Because I Love You, a book that says it like it is – “What you need to know when I die”. His book details methods to organize your important personal and family information for those who are left behind.

A graduate of Harvard, Hershey Rosen has focused on controlling chaos since 1954. He was a Financial Control Officer in the U.S. Army, where he received a Letter of Commendation for improvement to its worldwide accounting system. Next, on to satisfying everyone’s sweet tooth, he ran a candy company for 40 years, developing a system for locating ANY item housed in five factories, covering 600,000 square feet.

Following “retirement,” Hershey went on to become a mediator and settled over 200 disputes for the state of Rhode Island and The Community Mediation Center of Rhode Island. He was also asked to team-teach management courses at the University of Rhode Island, where he enthusiastically challenged the text book with real-life experiences, to the delight and edification of the students.

Always passionate about assisting others, Hershey has been a director or trustee of numerous boards and organizations. He has written Creating A Guide So Your Loved Ones Can Go On Living! to help others protect their spouses (and families) from the intense stress that will occur if one does not share financial information and knowledge critical to a functioning home. He then wrote My Family Record Book, expanding on the information in his first book, and finally, in 2020, WHY? Because I Love You was published.

Hershey, who lives in Providence, Rhode Island, can now relax (ha!) with his beloved wife, Myrna, and enjoy visits with their combined five children and ten grandchildren.

“WHY? Because I Love You” – available here: