July 23, 2012

Organizing for End of Life

Although it’s not a topic most people want to discuss, preparing for the inevitable end of life is one of the most important things you can do.

About a year ago, my mother asked me to print a copy of a state-specific Advance Directive form she had seen. I kept forgetting about it and finally printed it and went over it with her last month.

Ten days ago, my mother experienced cardiac arrest and I had to make the decision whether to continue life support. I felt comfortable that I would do the right thing, since I knew exactly what she wanted. Fortunately, I didn’t have to make the decision, because she improved significantly and was able to breathe on her own. If she and I hadn’t had the conversation, however, I couldn’t be sure I was making the right choice for her.

Please take the time this week to complete your own Advance Directive form and discuss your desires with someone. You will also benefit from having a current will and making your last wishes known. One more thing that your loved ones will appreciate is a list of items that have special meaning to you and why you feel they are important to keep.

No, these aren’t things that are fun, but they are important. Your family will thank you.

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  1. Your post is spot-on about the need to organize for the end of life. We are written similar posts on our blog "Downsizing the Home: Lessons Learned." Take a look at one I wrote a few months ago. https://downsizingthehome.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/one-life-four-papers/
    Thanks for your insight!

  2. You outlined the documents that people need and I am going to add to your suggestions: A list of all your accounts and passwords and a list of people you want notified in the event of your illness or death.

    Thanks for adding your insight, Linda.

  3. Anonymous10:22 PM

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