You’ve engaged in conversations about end-of-life. You’ve learned about advance healthcare planning. It is now time to plan and document your desired medical wishes. Think about your views, values, and wishes. Do these things alter your end-of-life wishes in any way?
An advance directive leaves instructions regarding...
pain and comfort
Ability to withhold or
withdraw feeding tubes
Funeral or final
An advance directive documents medical decisions, but it is also an opportunity for you to specify preferences
for an end-of-life remembrance. It is a loving act when you specify your wishes for the end.
AT THE END, I WANT...
Death and the experience of loss is unique to the individual. Your advance directive also allows you to clarify your spiritual thoughts and how you wish to be remembered.
How will you write "The End"?
• A Funeral
Open or closed casket?
• A Memorial Service
• A Celebration of Life/Party
What would you like done with your ashes?
Here is a helpful worksheet (funeral planning form) from the National Caregivers Library. You can specify your preferences for burial or cremation and the facts that should be included in your obituary.
If you have particular ideas about an end-of-life celebration, write them down! You can find inspiration on Pinterest.com by searching “celebration of life ideas.”
Now that you understand the components of a plan,
it’s time to complete an advance directive!
In a digital world, most people have a digital footprint whether it be a Facebook account, a blog, or even an online store.
Have you thought about what will happen to those digital assets after you’re gone? Have you appointed an individual to take care of your digital afterlife?
Create a digital plan if you have assets such as:
- Social Media