Understanding the Elements of an End of Life Plan

The phrase “End of Life” planning may sound counter-intuitive. It sounds like learning a foreign language for a country you’re not ready to visit. Yet planning for this inevitable time and sharing your wishes with those you love is empowering. It helps you make the right choices at the right time. It gives you peace of mind knowing that your final wishes will be fulfilled upon your death.

What is End of Life Planning?

End of Life planning is the process you go through to create a personal, meaningful plan that identifies your wishes for your final healthcare and comfort needs, funeral services and allocation of financial and personal assets. Your plan will include an actionable set of documents that you may share with your family, guardians, and trusted advisors who will honor and carry out your final wishes.

Elements of Your Plan

Important elements of an End of Life plan include healthcare, financial, legal, funeral and other personal considerations. Think about your preferences to help you develop your End of Life plan. Learn about the topics and costs relevant to End of Life issues, including long-term or nursing home care, healthcare and hospice care, and funeral service options. Here are some elements to consider:

  • Anticipate Needs
    Talk with your healthcare provider about treatment options and prognosis if you have serious or terminal medical issues. Make a list of healthcare contacts and medications you require.
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