When you know you are dying, preparation is very important… In fact, it is somewhat of a blessing. Most people have little warning. If your death is imminent, you can plan and do and say final good-byes…
Death is not a fearful event but rather a celebration of life. In order to prepare for your own death, you need to have discussed with your doctor what steps you should take. Your doctor can give you the proper prescriptions to alleviate some of the discomfort associated with dying.
In addition to having discussions with your doctor, you need to discuss your impending death with your family. This is a time to share your own thoughts and feelings about death with those you love. It's important that they are aware of your plans, including the type of death you want and when it will probably happen. They should be advised on the proper care of your body, which will include monitoring and taking care of any debts that you may have accrued during your lifetime. Your loved ones should also be informed of your wishes for the celebration of your life or funeral or memorial services.
If you have been anticipating your death for some time, you probably know by now that your choices regarding medical treatments are somewhat limited. As ironic as it may seem, doctors want you to be in good health as you transition from life to death. They will recommend treatments of various sorts until your death; however, they cannot make decisions for you. It is ultimately up to you to decide which treatment is best for you at this time.
During your transition from life to death, it's important to be prepared by saving all of the important documents your family will need, such as insurance policies, wills, power of attorney documents, important bank accounts, retirement plans, investments and other important documents. Having these documents available when needed, will make the process easier for your loved ones. You will also have peace of mind knowing you have done what you can to prepare for your own death.
During the course of planning your own death, you should also begin researching the different options available to help with expenses. As you research your options, keep in mind that everyone has different needs. If you are planning to have a funeral or memorial service, finding the right casket, minister, and other items can be expensive. Be sure to take into account the cost of flowers, renting a funeral home, renting a hearse, and other miscellaneous fees. You'll want to remember the purchase of a plot in your hometown, contacting an embalming professional, contacting a hospice provider, enlisting the help of a legal counsel or financial planner, obtaining a health insurance policy, and purchasing a death certificate.
As you are preparing for your own death, you should also consider your end-of-life planning. For instance, should you desire to be cremated, how does that impact your final expenses? Will a Funeral Director be paying to cremate you? What about embalming or the use of a traditional casket?
The above examples are just some of the many factors to consider in preparing for your own death. It will take careful planning and research to determine what steps you need to take to prepare. Your family can and should help you decide what steps to take and how to prepare for your own death.
Steve Schafer is the founder of TheEulogyWriters and is probably the most prolific eulogy writer (and, no doubt, the best) anywhere. He lives in Michigan and has been writing eulogies for well over thirty years. The articles in this blog are designed to help people through the process of losing loved ones.