What is an End of Life Plan?

By: Anderson Funeral Home
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

What is an End of Life Plan?

Many things can happen as one ages. It is important that you have an end of life plan in place for how you want things to be handled, not only for your peace of mind and contentment, but also for that of your loved ones.

These conversations can be difficult. Many people prefer not to talk about the end of their life. Those that will talk with you may forget what was discussed. By taking the time to write down an end of life plan, you can be sure that your needs and desires will be met.

“End of Life Plan” is the term used to describe the choices for the final stages of life. It can include a Living Will, Advanced Directives, a health care proxy, and living arrangements. It may also include a financial plan or insurance policies specifically for end of life care.

How to Create an End of Life Plan

  1. Begin by discussing it with the people that are closest to you – friends, family, or others that may bear some of the responsibility for your well-being towards the end.
  2. Write down all of your concerns and wishes. There may come a time when you will be unable to communicate your desires. Having them in writing will allow others to easily understand your plans.
  3. Seek professional advice. A lawyer will make sure that your medical proxy, living will, and power of attorney all line up with state and local laws. A financial advisor can help you determine the best path for funding your end of life care. It is best to have everything in the End of Life Plan legal and official. This makes it more difficult for anyone to question your decisions.
  4. Provide copies of the final documents to those who may need them, such as the people that you have named as a medical proxy or durable power of attorney. You can get extra, notarized copies from your lawyer.
  5. Store your original copies in a safe place, but make sure that they can still be accessed. You want people to be able to get to them if they are needed.
  6. Revisit your End of Life Plan every year to be certain that everything remains current. People move away or may even pass before you. Keeping your End of Life Plan correct will make it easier to fulfill.

Death may be difficult for some people to discuss, but it is a reality of life. It is better to be prepared for the end of life than to have it come without a plan in place. Taking the time to create the right plan for you will make it easier on those around you when the end does arrive. You can make your end of life plan as detailed or as simple as you desire to cover your wishes and plans, just be sure that the plans you make comply with the laws and guidelines in place. And, please talk to our Funeral Pre-planning Consultants if you have questions about pre-planning your funeral.

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