How-to Prepare for a Loved One’s End of Life

  • Respect their requests and privacy
    For most people, End of Life is about preserving dignity and ending their life as comfortably as possible
When End of Life Occurs

Although you may have prepared for your loved passing, you may not be prepared for the moment when they pass away. It may be helpful for you and your family to consider and discuss what to do if you or they are present when your loved one passes away.

Your loved one’s remains do not have to be moved until you are ready. Any action taken should be consistent with your deceased loved one’s final wishes. For example, if you or your loved one’s family chooses to assist in preparing the deceased’s remains by bathing or dressing or following religious or spiritual practices, that may be done in accordance with your loved one’s choices.

When a loved one passes away, family members and caregivers may get comfort from taking some time to say final goodbyes, talk or pray before proceeding with final arrangements. Give yourself and other loved ones that time if you need it.

For more information and step-by-step instructions on what to do during the first 24-hours after End of Life, please visit:

Take a few minutes to answer these questions.
  • What music, pets or people will be most comforting to your loved one as they near End of Life?
  • What will you do if you are present when your loved one passes away?
  • What spiritual or religious rituals are important to you and surviving loved ones when End of Life occurs?
Grieving and Your Loss

A loved one’s End of Life may evoke many emotions: from relief to sadness. Try to accept your feelings and grief as a natural part of the End of Life process.

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