While it can be difficult, making decisions about your end-of-life plan can be a meaningful experience. It’s an opportunity to consider the things that are important to you, establish your legacy, and reflect on positive memories. Advance planning will also provide peace of mind for your loved ones in knowing that they are acting according to your wishes.
The following checklist walks you through a basic outline of critical end-of-life planning components to aid you in the process:
Durable General Power of Attorney
Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care
Last Will & Testament
Create a Password List
Draft a “where to find…” Document Ex/ where to find the title and keys to your car, social security & insurance cards, etc.
Real Estate & Mortgages
Bank Account Information
Life Insurance Policies & Beneficiaries
Loans Owed to You
List Bills with Due Dates & Amounts
Create an Advance Directive Detailing your health care preferences and wishes for the end of your life, or in the event you’re not able to communicate.
Organ & Tissue Donation
Use of Nursing Homes, Hospitals, or Hospice
Wishes for Where You would like to Live (or not live) at the End of Life Make copies of your advance directive to provide to your healthcare agent or trusted family/friends.
Whom to Notify Make a list of contacts so your family can let them know upon your passing
Type of Service & What Elements You would Like Readings, songs, life sketches, etc.
Treatment of Remains – Burial or Cremation
Obituary Write your own or provide guidelines for your loved ones
Establish an Ownership of Assets
Establish Asset Protection Tools Trusts: if warranted
Have the Difficult Conversations with Your Loved Ones.
Topics may include:
Share your decisions on end of life care and who will make medical decisions if you cannot.
Reconcile with lost friends/family if desired.
Your hopes and wishes for the future of those you love.
Where do I want to spend my last days?
Who do I want to be present?
Have my wishes changed from our last conversation?
What does a good day look like?
Please know that all of us here at Nuclear Care Partners are here to support you wherever you’re at in your health journey. Should you have any questions about your EEOICPA white card benefits, getting connected to resources, or end-of-life planning, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 888.525.5111.
To read this full article in our Spring 2022 edition of Atomic Health News, click here.