Why is End Of Life Planning Important?
Most people view end of life planning as something of a reaction.
Thus, end of life planning is seen as something that has to be done in relation to a good or bad event.
Won the lottery and want to make sure your loved ones get your inheritance? Get your will completed.
You’ve been diagnosed with a serious health condition which risks future decision making? Get your power of attorney drawn up.
Seen what happens when someone dies suddenly and a big mess is left behind? Start to make a dent in tidying up your own affairs
But what If I told you things didn’t need to be like that?
End Of Life Planning Helps Reduce Stress
One of the most fulfilling things you can do is take care of your loved ones.
So why not make things as easy as possible for them when you pass away?
When you die, your loved ones will be feeling a mix of emotions, sadness, grief and even fear.
But what you can do to help relieve that sadness and anxiety is to have completed your end of life plan for your loved ones to refer to.
You can ensure all the essential financial documents are sorted.
You’ll be able to guide your loved ones on how you’d like your funeral to run.
And the best part, you’ll be able to leave special notes or gifts that your loved ones will cherish.
Take away the anxiety of important decision making being left to loved ones when you’re gone.
Use this time to ask yourself ‘how can I make things as easy as possible for those I care for the most?’
Once all the nitty-gritty important documentation is out of the way, an end of life plan can be fun!
What’s that favourite song of yours that the whole family knows about? That’ll sure bring a few smiles if it’s playing at your funeral.
Have any funny stories that stand out to the rest? Write them down and pass them along to the family members they relate too, they’ll keep it forever.
End Of Life Planning Is Good For The Environment
By making a good end of life plan, you can prepare in advance how you’d like your body to be put to rest.
Burials are on average 10% worse off for the environment than cremations, so that can be something to think about.
Or, if you prefer burials, you could put in place instructions for making it eco-friendly, using green embalming methods for example, or no embalming at all.
The point being you’ll be able to take full control of how to deal with your body after death.
You’ll be able to do research online, speak to funeral directors and look around to find your preferred method.
At any rate, you’ll be able to decide how your body is put to rest, instead of someone else doing it for you.
End Of Life Planning Promotes Mindfulness
End of life planning can be an extremely fulfilling and emotionally beneficial exercise.
Whether it’s talking to your family about personal subjects, looking for ways to enhance your legacy or even helping others create their end of life plan, it’s an area that can promote great levels of mindfulness.
One of the best features of helping others create their end of life plan is knowing that your knowledge and expertise will most likely be passed along to others.
All it takes is one person to have a fully completed plan to make a real impact.
You’ll feel a sense of fulfilment and internal mindfulness, knowing that not only are you helping one person, but that person will intend to help their family/friend circle.
Talk about leaving a legacy!
Getting Started Today
If you’d like to learn more about End of Life Planning and go even further by helping others to get theirs completed, sign up here for our free info session and learn how to help others prepare well for a good death. Check it out here.
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