End of Life Planning: Having The Difficult Conversation

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Oct 09, 2019

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Most of us have planned for major life events: education, work, vacation, retirement. Yet many of us delay making end-of-life plans.
Its natural that thinking about our mortality seems unpleasant or depressing.But there are important reasons to overcome hesitation about planning final arrangements and have the conversationwith loved ones about your wishes:

You have the opportunity to consider how you want to be memorialized; and talk about it with the people most important to you.
By including your loved ones in the process, you can help prevent confusion, disagreement, and hurt feelings. Speaking honestly about an emotional issue can make your family bonds stronger.
Your loved ones can be a valuable support system in your decision-making.

In a survey byThe Conversation Project, 90% of those interviewed said that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important but only 27% had actually done it.
The more organized you are, the less emotionally driven youll be, says professor and consumer issues author Kit Yarrow.
Although your family may initially be uncomfortable, making your wishes known will ultimately save them the anxiety of making decisions at an already overwhelming time. And finding a trustworthy, affordable provider protects your loved ones financially. Many of us called on to make final arrangements for a loved one are doing it for the first time; the combination of inexperience and emotion can result in overspending, and possibly buying services and products we dont need.
Family members often describe the peace of mind in knowing final arrangements have been taken care of as the greatest gift their loved one could leave.

Editors Note - This article was submitted by Marsha McCarthy, Sales Director for Neptune Cremation Services. Neptune also offers a free, comprehensive guide on cremation planning, along with many other useful resources, including how to store important documents, advance directives, designating power of attorney, wills and trusts, veterans benefits, and becoming an organ donor.

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