End of life planning is essential in ensuring your wishes are carried out even if you become unable to communicate them. If left undocumented, your family or loved ones could have to make difficult decisions regarding your healthcare and estate.
From a healthcare perspective, end-of-life discussions contribute to better quality of life for dying patients and better bereavement adjustment for mourners. You may also find it empowering to take control of your financial and medical future.
A comprehensive end of life plan covers all key aspects of your life, encompassing your intentions for medical, financial, and personal decisions. To help you get started with your plan, we’ve compiled 9 of the most important documents you’ll need:
In summary, there are a variety of legal instruments you can use to express your intentions regarding:
- how much medical care you’d like to receive in a life-threatening event (living will, DNR form)
- what should happen to your assets after your death (trust or a last will and testament)
- whether your organs should be donated (https://www.organdonor.gov/)
- who should act on your behalf if you become incapacitated (power of attorney, medical power of attorney)
These documents ensure that your family and medical professionals know exactly how to carry out your wishes in case you can’t express them yourself. Don’t wait—add these documents to your to-do list now.