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 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.
Now, select the specific area you need
- Advance directives, decisions and statements
Giving and witholding consent to medical treatment
- Download a sample Advance Decisions & Statement document
A PDF document which can be filled in to create a simple Adance Decisions and Statement form
- Advance funeral wishes
How to specify funeral arrangements in advanc
- Pre-paid funeral plans
Why take out a pre-paid funeral plan?
- How to choose a pre-paid funeral plan
Overviewing the different costs and styles of available pre-paid funeral plans
- Power of attorney
Appointing people as 'attorneys' to make decisions on your behalf should you become unable to do so.
- Making a Will
An introduction to Wills
- Dying without a will
Who benefits from your estate and the rules of intestacy
- Choices available for making a will
Choices available for making a will
- Wills in Scotland
A summary of the different rules for Wills in Scotland
- Glossary of terms
Useful legal terminology for understanding wills
- Organ donation
Joining the Organ Donor Register and other alternatives
- Post mortem examinations for medical research
Donating samples of organs and tissues for further investigation and research.
- Whole body donation
How to donate your whole body to medical training
Care and Support
- Home health care services (intro)
Support networks available for practical and emotional help
- Palliative care services
Specialist care for people with advanced illness or who are dying
- Home health services available
A list of the health services that may be available to you and who they are referred by
- Practical help at home
Home care options which may be available
- Support for carers
Sources of emotional and financial help
- Hospice care
Full time care options
- More help for planning ahead
Information and advice about talking to loved ones