Chanel Reynolds with her stepdaughter Lyric, 16, and son Gabriel, 9. Her husband, their father, died in 2009.

The title of the New York News story is “A Shocking Death, a Financial Lesson and Help for Others.”

The story tells about Chanel Reynolds’ husband who was struck by a van while he rode his bicycle near Bellevue. (by the way, Chanel has created a Web site named Get Your Shit Together!.)

… the buzz in her brain came from a growing list of financial tasks that grown-ups are supposed to have finished by the time they approach middle age. And she and her husband, José Hernando, had not finished them.

Chanel added that she was “… finding it really hard … to stay present and in the room.”

Chanel also said that she found it difficult to listen to what the physicians told her because she was very worried about her family’s finances. She was not certain how much money the family had in their checking account.

“The result is a Web site named for the scolding, profane exhortation that her inner voice shouted during those dark days in the intensive care unit,” she added.

Chanel said that she and her husband had had their wills drafted but that the wills weren’t signed. “I didn’t know whether I was going to be able to float a family by myself.”

At the top of her site, Chanel writes:

There are a few simple things I wish I had taken care of before my life went sideways, like a will, living will, and some details jotted down. Should the ground fall out from under your feet—plan now for a softer landing. In fact, it’s easy to finish the planning and basic papers your life needs.

In 2009 my husband was killed in an accident. In the following hours, weeks, and months I was shocked by the number of things we had left disorganized or ignored. Critical documents you can spend a fraction of the time doing now. Here are those core items, streamlined.

Get your shit together now and breathe a huge sigh of relief. You can do it.

By the way, on the right side of her blog, Get Your Shit Together!, Chanel has added information on Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, as well as many other details, all of which you can download.

Chanel has provided a spot at the bottom of her site where you can sign up.

“First, the world of personal finance suffers from an odd sort of organizational failure,” the NYT added. People tend to organize their thinking about products such as retirement accounts, mortgages, long-term care insurance, as well as “retirement accounts, mortgages, long-term care insurance.”

A major life event can affect our lives. “But there are few ready-made tool kits like the one Ms. Reynolds has assembled for people considering the possibility of serious illness or death,” the NYT added.

The other thing that compelled me to sprint here right after I stumbled across her site Tuesday night was that it is not neutered, stripped of the mess of feelings that govern much of what we do with our money. Sometimes, we just need to meet, as noted in The York Times.”

Chanel provides information such as the following:

Get started: Your checklist.

Here is your starting place. The “Get Your Shit Together Checklist” is a handy summary of the key documents and tasks covered on this site.

Chanel suggests that her visitors’ begin at the checklist so that they can track their progress. Chanel adds, “Start here and use it to track your progress as you get your shit together. Take it from the top, and check off as you go.”