Giving and withholding consent to medical treatment
Most of us prefer not to think about a time when we will no longer be around. However, there are decisions and plans you can make in advance.
There are decisions and plans you can make in advance that may make things considerably more straight forward for you towards the end of your life and especially for your family and friends if they know in advance where you would prefer to be cared for towards the end of your life and whether you have preferences as to what happens at your funeral.
It is always a good idea to talk about these issues with those who are closest to you and to make a written record of your preferences. It will reassure your family that you have thought about things carefully and give them confidence that they are acting in accordance with your wishes when making important decisions.
Keep copies of important documents and make sure that your immediate family know where the documents are kept.
Many people choose to specify any wishes they may have for their funeral to avoid any worry for their family and friends at a difficult time.
When planning for the future, you also need to consider your choices around care, medical treatment and whether you would like your body to be used for medical purposes after you die. We’ve compiled some comprehensive information to help you make these important decisions.