Dying Matters Week is an annual awareness week aimed at breaking the taboo of talking about death. Whilst talking about death can be difficult, it can make things easier later on.. Having that conversation and getting your affairs in order means that you don’t leave your family with practical and emotional difficulties. It means that families focus on enjoying the time they have together.
Most people want to die at home.
Most people want to die at home, surrounded by the things and people that they love. We boast that our carers enable almost all of our clients to die at home or within 24 hours of being there – having spent their last years at home, rather than stuck in a care home.
Because we know that our client is likely to die at home, we want to plan for this. We want to know the practicalities of death, including who needs to be contacted and when, as well as whether the religion of a client dictates a specific treatment of their body.
We ask the client these questions. We are direct and open about it. This way we make sure that the carers can follow the client’s wishes, exactly.
One of the first steps towards having a conversation is to start to make plans for death. You will probably need to talk to a solicitor about making a will, and also about inheritance tax planning. If you don’t have your own solicitor, we recommend Solicitors for the Elderly, who have specialist knowledge around these factors.
Planning for funerals is also possible, with many funeral companies allowing you to buy funeral plans before you need them. However, please check to see if the funeral plan is proof against inflation, because funeral cost inflation is now at ~7% a year, so a funeral in 2014 would cost about twice as much as one in 2004.
With plans made, you can get on with the business of living, knowing that your death won’t bring additional problems to your family.
Do you know what your loved ones want to happen on their death?