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End of Life Planning

What you need to know

One of the only certainties we have when we’re born is that someday we'll die. Despite this reality, many of us pretend that somehow it won’t happen to us and we fail to prepare for the inevitable.

  • When people fail to put their end of life wishes in writing it can cause significant dissension within their family that can last for years.
  •  The more detailed your instructions, the less likelihood of conflict.
  • Planning for the end of your life spares your family a great deal of time, confusion, and frustration as they struggle with their grief.
  • Use the End of Life Checklist form as a discussion guide to make it easier for your family to address this difficult subject.
  • Every adult should take the time to go to (the link to this site is on this page) to help them to determine what forms of medical intervention they would choose under various scenarios and how to discuss these wishes with friends and family members. Once you know the decisions you want made if you are unable to make those decisions for yourself, you'll be prepared to select the most appropriate person to act on your behalf should the need arise.