6 Mistakes to Avoid When Doing Your End-of-Life Planning
Discussing end-of-life planning is not simple. But for someone who is prepared, the topic is more important and bearable.
End-of-life planning is important for everyone, but that’s not to say that it is an easy subject. Practically speaking, the idea of getting yourself ready for the end means that you are foreseeing a sorrowful day for your loved ones and trying to ease the pain.
What is end-of-life planning?
End-of-life planning is a section of your Estate Plan that stipulates what you wish to happen when approaching the last final stage of your life. In most cases, people are not able to properly express their wishes during this point.
As a result, an incredible and unintentional burden is placed on their loved ones as they are faced with tough choices on how to fulfill their wishes.
Your end of life comprises things such as your preferred care facilities and to what extent medical interventions should be. Although it may appear very difficult, just like other parts of the Estate Plan, having an end-of-life plan in place can give you a sense of peace.
Here are six mistakes to avoid when doing your end of life plan:
Postponing it to a later time
According to a recent survey, some respondents said they have delayed finishing up with end-of-life directives because they think it is too early to start thinking about it. Others said that they were not sick or there was nothing to prompt them to make such plans.
However, evidence suggests that making decisions for end-of-life care during a crisis is even more difficult and complicated.
Getting lost in the details
When making future plans for matters related to your health, it is important to understand that countless potential scenarios could come into the mix at the end of your life. You can spend several months trying to figure out what might happen – but that’s a waste of your good time.
Instead of wasting time trying to guess what could happen, ask yourself one question: How do I want it to be when I am gone? By starting with the end in mind, you can look backward and see all possible scenarios.
Choosing the wrong healthcare proxy
Designating a person to make healthcare decisions on your behalf when you are unable to do so is very important in advanced care planning. But you should choose the right person.
Failing to discuss your plans with a medic
Ensure that you book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your end in life preferences to avoid making fatal mistakes.
Not expressing your wishes to your loved ones
This is one of the worst mistakes that many people make. It is good to let all concerned parties know about your end-of-life plan.
Failing to update your end-of-life preferences in advance.
Consider reviewing your plan at least when you are five years younger and update documents when you experience any health changes.
In general, having an end-of-life plan is not easy but very important.