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END OF LIFE PLANNING – HOW MUCH CONTROL CAN YOU HAVE?

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We don’t often like to think about the end of our life, but it’s important to make some informed decisions about how you want to die. If you think you are coming towards the end of your life, or you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness, you can stay in control of decisions while you are mentally capable, and you may need to nominate someone to make decisions on your behalf when you’re not able to decide for yourself.

Knowing you are going to die soon can be very upsetting, but many people feel as if they want to die on their own terms. From financial worries to funeral plans, you can make sure your wishes are carried out and take control of your death. If you are in the final stages of a terminal illness you can also plan ahead for the type of care and treatment you want to receive, and where you would like to die.

If you’re starting to think about end of life planning, here are some things to consider.

An advance decision (living will)

A living will, can be used to request the way you want to be cared for and what treatment you’d like to receive in certain situations. It lets medical professionals know what to do if you can no longer communicate your wishes. It is important to make an advance decision if you would like to refuse certain treatment which might lead to your death. You can also include care wishes such as dietary requirements, religious beliefs and who you do or do not want to visit you.

A Will

Having a legal will is essential as dying without one can cause ongoing problems for the loved ones you leave behind. Making a will is quite simple if you know exactly who you want to receive your estate (your savings and assets). You can choose to divide this up between family members, friends or a charity close to your heart. While a Will mainly includes your financial wishes, you can use it to record other end of life wishes including who you would like to look after your children if they are under 18.

A personal goodbye

You don’t always know whether you will get to say goodbye to every person you want to wish farewell to, even if are planning your death. Because you might be very sick, you may not be in a physical or mental state to say your special goodbyes. That’s why you can also record and store personalised goodbye messages for all of your loved ones before the time comes. It can be extremely comforting for your relatives to receive letters or video messages after your death, especially so they can remember you as you were before the illness took hold.

Goodbye messages can be stored until the time comes, and activated by someone who confirms your death. Using the Swonsong app, you can also create a eulogy or make a slideshow of your favourite memories for people to view. As well as sending messages soon after your death, you can also schedule messages to be sent on special dates you will miss.

Contact us today to find out more about leaving behind your personal goodbyes.

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