End of life planning

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed of all your options can help alleviate any stress and give you confidence that your wishes will be met.

End of life planning

Thinking about the end of life can be difficult, but being well informed of all your options can help alleviate any stress and give you confidence that your wishes will be met. Making plans now can make things easier, not only for you, but also for loved ones. There may be things you feel comfortable deciding now and other things you’d rather delay – you don’t have to make all your decisions in one go.

Planning for the end of you life is a personal experience which should be treated with sensitivity and patience. Remember, any decisions and plans you make can always be altered should you change your mind.

What defines ‘end of life’?

End of like is usually used to refer to the last 12 months of a person’s life. However, you can start end of life planning at any age to ensure your wishes are documented.

End of life planning involves looking at lots of aspects of someone’s life such as:

- legal and financial
- funeral arrangements
- medical needs
- talking about your wishes with friends and family.

Click through the guides below to find out more about end of life planning

Planning your funeral

When it comes to planning your funeral there are lots of options available to consider. A funeral director will be able to help plan both the practical and personal elements but we’ve covered some of the things you might want to think about in advance.

Advance decisions - living wills

An advance decision, sometimes referred to as a living will, allows you to communicate your wishes should you become unable to. They allow you to refuse treatment, even if this might lead to your death.

Making a will

Having a will is an important step in end of life planning. It is the document that gives clear instructions for your loved ones or executors about what you want to happen to you money, property and assets.

Let’s talk about death

When it comes to end of life planning, having someone you can discuss your wishes with is an important part. Talking to those close to you can help everyone understand your feelings and allows them to voice any concerns they have.

Helpful organisations for end of life planning

A list of organisations which you might find useful when thinking about your end of life plan.

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