Losing a parent or loved one is one of the most difficult things to deal with in life.
Those we left behind are grieving and emotional. At the same time they must deal with having to make funeral and other arrangements which often involve difficult decisions.
This can cause tensions within a family which lead to arguments and disagreements. Particularly if family members do not know the funeral wishes of their loved ones.
So it is important to record your own funeral wishes and to suggest to your loved ones that they do the same.
There can be other difficult end of life decisions. Such as what medical treatment we want in the event that we no longer have capacity. These subjects are hard to even think about. But if you have not recorded your wishes the decisions may be taken out of your hands.
There are simple practical steps you can take to ensure your end of life medical and lifestyle wishes are respected. We invite you to read the blog on our website about making a Living Will or Advance Care Directive, and on Enduring Powers of Attorney.sTART FREE TRIAL
If you already have a Will that sets out your wishes for valuable assets and possession, and perhaps cash or other income sources, you have made a great start.
But wills don’t cover many important matters which have to be dealt with when we are no longer here. You may like to read our blog on wills which contain more details.
If you don’t clearly specify your wishes on a range of matters there is a good chance that family members may not agree on the way forward.
The last thing any family wants is to have disputes or arguments around the death of a loved one. The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead.
Provide your family with clarity and guidance as to your wishes to avoid them having to make sensitive end of life and financial decisions they may not feel ready or willing to make. Or may not be able to agree on.
We invite you to read our blog articles on family fighting after a death which deals with this subject.
It is important to record and safely store your end of life wishes in writing. And to suggest to your parents and other loved ones that they do the same. So that it will be clear when the time comes what they wanted.
Having an Anticipate Life app account allows you to record and store all your key personal information and your end of life wishes in one secure, confidential, online location. You can read articles on our blog on the importance of doing this.
It provides a safe place to store important information such as the location of your Will and other legal documents, and your executor details. A summary of your assets and finances, your wishes for your pets, what you would like done with any precious or sentimental items, and much more.
You can amend and update this information at any time. It can only be accessed after your death by those you authorise. This will make it easier for your legal representatives and your loved ones to arrange your post- life affairs quickly and smoothly.
They will appreciate being able to follow your wishes without unnecessary stress. And the outcome is peace of mind for everyone without family discord.