How-to Write Your End of Life Plan: 3 Basic Steps Page 4

Getting Started: Preparation

Most of us are so busy living and enjoying our lives that it may seem counter-intuitive to plan for our death. Planning for yourself or your aging loved ones is an important, invaluable gift, and it may be easier than you think.

Start Now

End of life planning includes important tasks. Now is the best time to begin your plan. We suggest that you set aside time when you’re relaxed and in a comfortable location where you can focus without interruption. Invite a friend or loved one to join you for support.

Learn Basics

It may be helpful to learn about topics and costs relevant to end of life issues. We suggest that you focus on essential information you’ll need to complete the three main steps we’ve identified. This may include life-saving treatments, palliative and hospice care, and options for distributing your assets and planning your final services. Check online resources or ask your healthcare providers, local hospice programs or final service providers for referrals and information.

Consider Choices

It may be helpful to think about your preferences regarding final care and services and distribution of your assets. Consider these questions:

  • Are there treatments, procedures or types of care that I want or do not want at my end of life?
  • Whom do I want to make decisions about my healthcare or financial matters if I’m unable to do so?
  • What type of final service(s) do I want after I pass away?
  • To whom will I leave financial or digital assets, or personal assets after I pass away?
  • Whom do I want to ensure that my will is carried out after I pass away?
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