Take the time to pre­pare for end

Blairgowrie Advertiser - - NEWS - Death seems to be the hard­est word…

In com­mu­ni­ties where cul­tural or re­li­gious tra­di­tions are strong, peo­ple don’t worry about their fu­neral.

They know that when the time comes those clos­est to them will know what to do – cus­tom and duty will see to it that things are done prop­erly.

This elim­i­nates choice, but it also elim­i­nates con­fu­sion.

In com­mu­ni­ties where tra­di­tions have been left be­hind, dy­ing peo­ple have no such as­sur­ance.

When death hap­pens, un­less they have been told, those clos­est to them won’t nec­es­sar­ily know what to do.

If those clos­est to you do not know how you want to be cared at the end of your life, and af­ter­wards, or whether you would like to be buried or cre­mated, you will need to tell them.

Mak­ing a plan for your fu­neral is, un­der­stand­ably, some­thing we never re­ally want to get round to.

Putting your af­fairs in or­der should in­clude how you are looked af­ter in your last days, who will speak and act for you when you can no longer do so for your­self, where you die, whether or not your or­gans are do­nated, whether your body will be buried or cre­mated and your fu­neral cer­e­mony.

A plan like this spans sev­eral sep­a­rate pro­fes­sional do­mains, each of which in­cludes its own spe­cial­ists – solic­i­tors, will writ­ers, fi­nan­cial ad­vis­ers, medics, un­der­tak­ers, cel­e­brants and cater­ers.

The only per­son who can join them all up is you.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.