Most of us prefer not to think about a time when we will no longer be around. However, there are decisions and plans you can make in advance that may make things considerably more straight forward for you towards the end of your life and especially for your family and friends if they know in advance where you would prefer to be cared for towards the end of your life and whether you have preferences as to what happens at your funeral.
It is always a good idea to talk about these issues with those who are closest to you and to make a written record of your preferences. It will reassure your family that you have thought about things carefully and give them confidence that they are acting in accordance with your wishes when making important decisions.
Keep copies of important documents and make sure that your immediate family know where the documents are kept.
This section includes pages on the following subjects. Click on the subject to go directly to that page.
Giving and witholding consent to medical treatment
A PDF document which can be filled in to create a simple Adance Decisions and Statement form
How to specify funeral arrangements in advance
Why take out a pre-paid funeral plan?
Overviewing the different costs and styles of available pre-paid funeral plans
Appointing people as 'attorneys' to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to do so.
An introduction to Wills
Who benefits from your estate and the rules of intestacy
Choices available for making a will
A summary of the different rules for Wills in Scotland
Useful legal terminology for understanding wills
Joining the Organ Donor Register and other alternatives
Donating samples of organs and tissues for further investigation and research.
How to donate your whole body to medical training
Support networks available for practical and emotional help
Specialist care for people with advanced illness or who are dying
A list of the health services that may be available to you and who they are referred by
Home care options which may be available
Sources of emotional and financial help
Full time care options
Information and advice about talking to loved ones