Discussing your final wishes is a sensitive topic to approach and can be a challenging conversation. However, as uncomfortable as it might be it is a crucial discussion to ensure your desires are known and respected when the time comes. Open communication can ease the process for all and provide peace of mind for both you and your loved one.
If you’re wanting to discuss your final wishes with someone close to you, but are not sure where to start, these pieces of advice may help you navigate the conversation:
Choose the Right Time and Setting
Plan ahead for the conversation and think about the points you want to cover. This can be an emotional conversation, so be prepared to keep things on track when talking to your loved one about your wishes.
Express Your Intentions
When approaching the discussion, express your intentions. Tell your loved one how important this is to you. Make it clear that your goal is to ensure your final wishes are understood and respected. Reassure them that this conversation is about love, care and practicality.
Highlight the Importance of Planning
Pre-planning not only ensures that your wishes are fulfilled, but it can also ease their burden during a difficult time.
Discuss End-of-Life Preferences
It is important for your loved one to know of your preferences. This can be medical treatments, a specific care facility or whether you have chosen to be an organ donor.
Funeral and Burial Preferences
Let your loved one know of your funeral arrangement preferences. Do you prefer burial or cremation? Do you have any specific requests for the ceremony? Do you want a religious or secular memorial service?
Legal and Financial Matters
Ensure that your loved one is aware of the location of important documents. This includes your will, insurance policies, financial information and any other legal documents outlining your wishes. This will enable for a much smoother transition.
Reassure your loved one that your goal is to make things as easy as possible for them during a challenging time. Discussing your final wishes is an act of love and compassion for their well-being.
Pre-plan for the future
Pre-planning your funeral offers a strong sense of security, both emotionally and financially. When a funeral is pre-planned, families can be assured that the funeral reflects what their loved one wanted. They will also not be required to make stressful decisions at an already emotional time, which provides peace of mind. Here at Rosetown Funeral Home, you can fill out a Pre-Arrangement Form online at no charge. We will then hold on to the plan for you until it is needed. If you decide to do this, just make sure to let your loved one know that we have it. You can fill out as much or as little as you like, it’s simply a way of making sure your wishes are kept in a safe place. You can also chat to one of our team in person if you prefer, either at our place our yours.
Talking to a loved one about your final wishes is a step towards ensuring your desires are honoured. By approaching the conversation with sensitivity, openness, and understanding, you can create a space for meaningful dialogue and provide comfort for both yourself and your loved one. Remember it is never too early to start planning for the future.