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Patient, Families & Carers

Facing our end of life or the end of life of a loved one is a very difficult thing to do. It is a very emotional journey and sometimes a sad one. A few things can make the journey easier to travel: having the support we need, being prepared and open and knowing we are doing the best for our loved ones.

There are 5 key things to do to prepare for end of life:

1. Write an Advance Care Plan

This is a written record of your wishes and preferences for your future and end of life care. If a time comes when, for whatever reason, you are unable to make a decision for yourself, anyone who has to make a decision on your behalf will have to take this plan into account.

Download your copy of the Future Matters Advance Care Plan

2. Make a Will

Writing a will allows you to be the decision maker of what happens to your possessions and money. It also makes the process of sorting out your affairs a lot easier for those you have left behind.

For more information go to:

www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governmentcitizensandrights/Death/Preparation/index.htm

3. Organise a Power of Attorney

If you become very ill and are unable to communicate your wishes, you can appoint someone who knows you and/or knows your wishes and can make decisions for you in terms of your health and welfare and in terms of your property and financial affairs.

For more information go to: www.gov.uk/power-of-attorney/overview

4. Record your Funeral Wishes

Do you want to be buried or cremated? Do you want a funeral service? A religious or non-religious ceremony? Do you want a party afterwards? If so what form would you like it to take? These are just some of the question you might have definite wishes for.

You will find in the document attached a list of topics to think and talk about.
Download PDF

5. Consider Organ Donation or Body Donation

Other people can benefit from your organs or your body after your death. Many definitely want to donate, or would consider donating, their organs but only 50% have talked about it with their families; If you want to find out more or register as an organ donor go to www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Information about body donation can be found in the Future Matters Advance Care Plan above.

Links:

Dying Matters –National programme for public awareness of dying, death and bereavement
www.dyingmatters.org

Age UK Lifebook – This is an easy way to record the practical details of your life. Once completed, it will provide valuable information for your loved ones to have in an emergency or once you have died.
www.ageuk.org.uk/home-and-care/home-safety-and-security/lifebook

For links to local services and further information for people in the last years of life, their families, carers and friends, go to Find Me Help:
http://help.dyingmatters.org

 


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