Talking with your family, partner or close friends about what would happen if you die is one of the most important conversations you can have.
Many people are uncomfortable, and can even become upset, thinking or talking about death. But having these important conversations now can make things easier in the long run.
Remember, it's never too soon to have these discussions.
Here are some questions to help you get the conversation started:
- Would you prefer to be buried or cremated (or something else) after you die?
- Where would you like your grave or memorial to be located?
- How would you like to be remembered?
- If you were seriously injured or sick and unable to make decisions, who would make medical decisions for you?
- How do you feel about organ donation, or being kept on life support?
- Who would look after your children and / or pets if something happened to you?
- Do you have life insurance, a will, or other documents your loved ones should know about? If so, where can these be found?
- Are there any other wishes you'd like your family to follow at the end of your life?
The Dying to Talk website also has some great resources to help you have these important conversations.
As well as talking to your loved ones, make sure you've prepared a will and written down any important information. See our Preparing Documents page to get started.
Keep an eye out for our free community information sessions for more tips about planning for the future.
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