As someone who deals with issues of "morbidity" and "mortality" as my calling, I can confirm that things go exceedingly better for all concerned when thoughtful and appropriate planning is in place when relevant.
A recent KTUU.com article, titled “End of life planning a 'gift for family,' experts say”,
Having advanced directives or a living will, and a power of attorney in place is a "gift" to family, according to the article.
In the end, one's family must make the tough choices when it comes to life and death decisions. When the family members are uncertain regarding one's wishes, well, things can get rather rough for the decision-makers.
To say the least, this can be very distressing.
So, what should you do now, so your family will know what you would want (or not want) later on?
The article recommends something called “the five wishes" model.
Here are the five wishes the process will let your family and health care providers know:
- Those you want to make health care decisions for you when you are unable to;
- The kind of medical treatment you do (or do not) want;
- The type of comforts you want;
- How you want people to treat you; and
- What you want your loved ones to know.
This five wishes approach not only documents your medical wishes, but also your emotional, personal, and spiritual wishes.
Be sure to get the guidance and counsel of an experienced estate planning attorney when processing these essential issues.
Remember: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” When making your financial, tax and estate plans, do not go it alone. Be sure to engage competent professional counsel.
For more information about estate planning in Overland Park, KS (and throughout the rest of Kansas and Missouri) and to download free tools to help you organize your estate, visit my estate planning website.
Reference: KTUU.com (May 13, 2015) “End of life planning a 'gift for family,' experts say”