End-of-life planning can bring a sense of calm, knowing that your family understands what you want at the close of your life. It also may be important to you that your loved ones know that certain decisions within your control will be carried out. Decisions about where you prefer to die, if you want extraordinary measures taken to prolong your life, and who you want to receive your possessions have less of a chance to result in family squabbles if your loved ones know your wishes. Completing this step can give you the peace of mind in knowing that you’ve helped those left behind better cope with your passing. And that can take the burden off decisions they could otherwise struggle to make.
Hearing about the end of your life likely is as difficult for your family and friends as it is for you to discuss. But remind those closest to you that you are trying to do everyone a favour by resolving these decisions upfront. Do your planning with immediate family or a close friend. This can serve to motivate as well as encourage. Have some individual conversations with family members about your desires and the reasons for those, then make the best decision you can.
If you have any question please call us at Home Instead Senior Care Mississauga at 905-276-2273 and we will happy to assist you.
Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, completed 400 telephone interviews with seniors age 65 and older and 400 interviews with adult children of parents age 65 and older in Canada.