What is End of Life Planning?
End-of-life planning is a practical, emotional and spiritual process. It's an aid that helps you to find clarity and peace of mind, as well as a lasting and loving gift for your loved ones.
End-of-life planning is not about helping someone end their life. It is about helping you get all your affairs in order so that your loved ones can have peace of mind knowing that they carried out your wishes.
In life, most of us place a significant emphasis on planning. What will I be when I grow up? What schooling or trade will I pursue? What job will I apply for? We make wedding plans; holiday plans. We plan to move house; we plan parties; we plan to have children, we plan to retire etc. But how many of us plan for the event that comes to each of us - our passing?
When asked, more than three-quarters of people say that end-of-life planning is important. Yet, less than a quarter actually get around to doing anything about it.
If you die without a will, your estate will be dealt with according to the laws of your state, county, or province which could result in a lengthy delay, financial costs, as well as stress for your loved ones.
Completing a comprehensive end-of-life plan means your wishes are taken into consideration as to how you would like your assets and property distributed. This ensures that your loved ones receive the gifts you would like them to have.
Powers-of-Attorney and Advanced Medical Directives allow a designated person who knows your wishes to speak on your behalf to medical staff if and when you are unable to communicate. So your plan can also include details of what you would like to happen if you become incapacitated before you die.
As an accredited EOL Planning Coach, I can help guide you and provide resources so you can create your unique end-of-life plan. Contact me for a no-obligation 25-minute conversation by clicking here or go to my Contact page. And to learn more about end-of-life planning, check out Before I Go Solutions® and look at our courses.
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Advanced Medical Directive
Funeral plans (burial or cremation or other)
Care for dependent children and pets
Online management of your digital footprint (passwords to your online accounts, social media, photos, documents, etc)
Legacy and memorial
Eulogy and obituary
Who should be notified?
And much more . . .
Beginning the conversation around death, dying, and end-of-life preparation with loved ones
How do you want to be remembered? Saying goodbye
What do you want to pass on? (values, memories, life’s lessons, etc)
How do you feel about your mortality?
Dealing with loved ones’ feelings
Religious or spiritual needs, values, rituals/ceremonies?
Funeral service (religious, humanist, pagan, nothing at all? Or other?)