Advance planning

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In any area of life, being prepared is the best position to adopt. Whether it be taking exams, attending job interviews, moving house, getting married or moving into retirement, all these things will have better outcomes with the requisite planning. So why should dying and death be any different? Is it sensible to go through life planning for everything we do, or want to do, omitting the very thing common to all of us-old age and death.

Many of the things in life we plan for have a financial implication, and the same is true for the end of our lives. Of course money is just a part of our planning. Our own wishes, desires, our thoughts and feelings, as well as the thoughts and feelings of those close to us are also important.

So when planning for the end of our lives we have to consider a number of facets. Our security and care, the needs of our family, our spiritual needs and personal beliefs, our legacy and the financial considerations pertaining to these things, and others.

 

Are the following part of your planning?

Making a will and keeping it up to date.

End of  life care.

Treatment plans and medical directives.

Powers of attorney.

Funeral wishes and planning.

Emotional preparation.

The whole ethos behind Befriending Death is preparing for the inevitable and not leaving things until it is too late. You are never too young to start planning. Talking and planning for your own end of life and death will not make it happen any sooner, but it has the potential to bring a great deal of contentment and peace of mind to you and your loved ones.