End of Life Issues
Death is a topic that many people find difficult to accept. As a result, decisions are often left until death has occurred. Making our wishes known in advance can reduce the stress we and our family members experience at the time of death.
Most of us must admit that we are somewhat afraid or uncertain how to approach the subject of death. Making out a will is one step we can take. However, it is also beneficial to clearly write out our funeral wishes, despite the uncomfortable feelings that might accompany doing so. Equally important is making our wishes known concerning preferred hospital or home care procedures. Suppose you become incapacitated and can’t make your wishes known?
Your Area Agency on Aging has a booklet available, Five Wishes, that is designed to help seniors and their family members sort through what needs to be done as one faces the prospect of dying. The step-by-step process of expressing one’s final wishes can provide both comfort and confidence when facing the unknown. A valuable tool for seniors and their families, Five Wishes is available for free at LMTAAA or visit the Five Wishes website to order here.