Personal End Of Life Planning

Helping You Prepare For The End

Are You Ready?

There is a lot of uncertainty and misconception surrounding death. Dying is personal and where some people want to know all the gory details, others would rather not discuss the subject.

Unfortunately, death is an everyday occurrence, and something we will all experience. Talking about dying can be hard. While there is no wrong or right way to death with this subject, discussing death and being prepared is more important than ever.

There are a number of reasons why end-of-life planning is so important. Though it can be difficult, it’s important to be open about sharing end-of-life wishes so you can be prepared and enjoy your life now.

At Dying to Understand, we are passionate about education and helping people understand what they need for the end of their life. We know that being prepared is difficult and hard to discuss. Our aim is to provide a simple way to understand what you need for your end of life, so you can feel confident in the choices you make for yourself.

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End OF Life Planning Checklist

Your Data & Documents

Regardless of your circumstance, there are things only you know—things like banking passwords, the combination to the safe, or where you buried the family gold. One of the most difficult things in settling someone’s estate is having to undo all this secret and confidential information and it is sometimes just not possible. 

While it is good to keep this information confidential, it is also important to share this information in a safe way in the event of you not being able to communicate either due to illness or death.

We recommend taking the time to make a list and recorded this confidential information. This information will differ depending on each person’s circumstances and may include information and instruction about the care of pets, the spare keys to the house, disposing of firearms or the ownership of accounts.

The biggest problem here, however, is remembering all that needs to be included. If you are struggling to get started, we’ve developed a checklist to help you.

Have You Planned For The End Of Your Life?

Your Possessions

While legal documents are important, there are also material things to consider. These don’t have to be of huge monetary value but can be significant to you and those around you.

By creating a list of assets, you can ensure that these things are accounted for. These possessions can vary greatly on what you have accumulated throughout your life, what you wish to pass down, what you wish to get rid of and what you consider significant.

We suggest drafting a “Where to Find…” document identifying the location of important documents, assets and possessions your heirs may need after your death. Similarly, dispose of any sensitive items you wouldn’t want others to find, or entrust this task to a trusted friend or family member.

Taking Control At the End

Leaving Your Legacy

Storytelling is as old as mankind and plays an important role in society. It benefits the teller who relives the experience. Whether the experience is good or bad, the telling thereof is liberating. It also benefits the reader because every story has a lesson to tell and people can learn from each other’s experiences.

Your story is important – not only to those who are close to you. In his book, Opening Up, James Pennebaker tells us why it is good to share a story even if it is a terrible story.

Creating and leaving a legacy will not only give your family and friends peace of mind, but enables others to learn from you. At Dying To Understand we encourage you to share a story so that we can all be that little bit richer from your experience.

Leaving your legacy can be done in a number of ways, from a poem, a song or a drawing to writing your own obituary, planning your funeral or just simply uploading it to our community pages. This gives you control over how you are remembered.

End Of Life Planning Resources

Improve the End of Life Conversation

It’s not uncommon to feel overwhelmed as you begin your end of life planning. However, having a conversation about this journey and preparation with those close to you can make this process much less challenging.

A majority of people would not know where to begin with end-of-life planning and many avoid discussing it, even with their loved ones. It is our aim at Dying To Understand that we can help you create a plan for the end of your life – one that you can share with those around you.

The conversation about what happens at the end of life is an intimate one, but having the conversation is incredibly important. It can be one of the most rewarding things you do for yourself, your family and your friends.

Dying To Understand offers a comprehensive and growing range of resources, information and e-books to help prepare you for this conversation. We invite you to review our materials and learn about the tools available to take control of your end-of-life journey.

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