Death – we need to talk

The Oldie - - READERS' LETTERS -

SIR: Vir­ginia Iron­side’s cor­re­spon­dent (Septem­ber is­sue) is cor­rect in highlighting the need to talk about death. We all get there – even Mclach­lan’s dog on the let­ters page in the same is­sue got a visit from the ca­nine reaper. There are three phases that can be im­proved by think­ing about it, talk­ing and act­ing:

1) Dis­in­te­gra­tion where you can’t man­age any longer – this can be ame­lio­rated with a last­ing power of at­tor­ney held by peo­ple you trust.

2) Death made eas­ier for your fam­ily by per­haps a folder con­tain­ing thoughts on your fu­neral, where to find use­ful doc­u­ments, con­tact de­tails of those who need to know, and a list of your com­puter and web­site pass­words. Re­mem­ber to tell your fam­ily where to find the folder.

3) Post-death: a valid will. An­drew San­der­son, Spen­ny­moor, Co Durham

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