Things Everyone Should Know
Planning for your end-of-life can be a bit overwhelming. There is a lot to consider and it just never feels like the right time to tackle it. We all know our life will eventually end, yet thinking about it can make you feel uncomfortable and it is often difficult to talk about with family.
Thinking about your end-of-life, making arrangements and talking about your wishes can ease your discomfort. Having your affairs in order before a health crisis happens makes things easier for you and your family.
You will find comfort in knowing that you have clearly expressed your wishes and your family will know exactly how to support you when the time comes. Your family will be relieved, knowing they have all the information they need to honour your wishes.
Exploring the reality of death provides the opportunity to discover who and what are truly important to you, setting the stage for your life. It can inspire you to live and love fully.
How do I get my ducks in a row?
Explore your feeling around death and dying
Reflect on who really matters to you and what is really important in your life.
Think about who you want to make decisions for you when you are no longer able to speak for yourself.
Organize your finances
Organize all your financials, life insurance and memberships. Don’t forget about your online presence as well. Who is going to delete your Facebook page after you are gone? Or do you want it to remain as a memorial site for family and friends?
Prepare or update your legal documents
Set up a “When I die” box
Think about your relationships
Plan your final days or hours
Make sure your family is fully aware of your wishes and why you have made these decisions.
At Huron Shores Hospice we can help get you started with your end-of-life planning. Please consider attending one of our End-of-Life Planning workshops where we will go over all the things you can consider when completing your end-of-life and vigil plans. We will help you think about who and what is important to you and help you prepare for that sometimes difficult decision with family.
Our End-of-Life Planning workshops will resume as soon as it is safe to gather in groups.
Some Helpful Resources
This booklet contains forms for Continuing Power of Attorney for Property and Power of Attorney for Personal Care. Published by the Government of Ontario.
This workbook contains information about having conversations with your family, friends, healthcare providers and especially your Substitute Decision Maker(s) about your future health and personal care wishes at the end of life.
An article explaining the Powers of Attorney for Property and Personal Care documents. Written by Jane Martin, published by the Alzheimer Society of Ontario.