The aim of Dying Matters Week is to bring communities together to talk about death, dying and grief.
Taking place from the 8th-14th May 2023, we see the week as a good reminder of the importance of putting measures in place so that our wishes are respected and our loved ones are looked after. It is also a reminder that it is never too early to start thinking and talking about end-of-life planning.
Here, we discuss the importance of being prepared, with a handy breakdown of the things you should be thinking about to help your loved ones in the event of your passing.
Lasting Powers of Attorney
Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs) are becoming increasingly important for end-of-life planning, enabling us to appoint somebody we trust to make decisions on our behalf if we become unable to do so ourselves.
An LPA can cover health and welfare decisions, such as where we live, our medical treatment, and what care we receive, as well as decisions about our finances and property.
Writing a Will
In addition to LPAs, it is also important to have a will in place. This will enable us to make sure our estate is distributed in line with our wishes, and that our loved ones are provided for after we pass away.
It’s especially important for cohabiting couples to draft a will. Many don’t know that in this circumstance, a partner doesn’t automatically inherit the possessions or properties left behind.
Equally, if you’ve previously drafted a will, now might be an appropriate time to review this to make sure it is up-to-date and accurate with your closest family members and up-to-date assets.
Talk to loved ones
Whilst often difficult, having a conversation with your loved ones on the topic of your passing can remove a great deal of uncertainty at a difficult time. This could cover childcare arrangements, what happens to the pets, or any other dependents in the event you won’t be around.
If you do have children it’s important to decide on guardians and name them in your will, but having this discussion will make your wishes known before emotions are in play.
Make your funeral wishes clear
With many different options available when it comes to funerals and cremations, it’s important to make your wishes known. Plus, having a plan in place to pay for your funeral will mean your family won’t have to find several thousand pounds at an already difficult time.
It’s important to explore all options from cremations to funerals and direct cremations, to find a solution which will work for you and your family, without adding unnecessary financial strain.
Get legal advice with CWC
If you would like to find out more about end-of-life planning, including LPAs and will writing, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We would be more than happy to advise and help you to ensure you have the right plans in place.