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End of Life Planning

Talking with your loved ones about end of life plans is perhaps one of the most difficult, but most important, conversations you’ll have. Often, people find themselves avoiding the topic altogether or waiting until it’s too late. Starting this discussion early will help alleviate the potential stress associated with end-of-life issues.

But you might be wondering, “How do I start a conversation like this?” or, “What steps should our family take to prepare?” In this section, you’ll find an abundance of resources to better prepare you for this discussion.

With an end of life plan in place, you and your family can enjoy your time together without the underlying worry.

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Hospice Educational Video Series - Early Admissions

Many people think that hospice care is only introduced in the last days of a patient's life.

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Hospice Educational Video Series - Bereavement Services

After a loved one passes away, a bereavement coordinator will reach out to the family of the patient.

Financial Planning for Your Final Years: 5 Key Considerations

No matter what your situation, ensuring your (or a senior loved one’s) financial affairs are in order can go a long way in making the final years more comfortable and the end of life transition that much smoother.

Executive Summary

Download a PDF copy of the Compose Your Life Song℠ North American Research Report, conducted by Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead® network.

6 Ways to Get Started on a Final Years Plan

Planning ahead for the final years has the potential to create a more peaceful and meaningful transition into the later years of life for both you and your family. Consider these suggestions to get started.

How to Begin the Final Wishes Conversation

Sharing final wishes can bring clarity and comfort to families during hospice and end-of-life situations. Try these tips from the Conversation Project to help get the conversation started.

5 Final Years Conversations to Begin Now

Who wants to think about a time without their loved ones? It's a very sad topic, which makes it easy to avoid. And yet, at an individual level, people do want to talk about their end of life. Get started with these five conversations.

Funeral or Celebration? How Services Have Changed

Funeral services used to be relatively standard affairs. Casket, officiant, prayers and burial. Nowadays? Gone are the rules, according to Dignity Memorial® representatives.

What it Means to Live Well to the End

"When you face death, you face life." Gerontologist Dr. Julie Masters explains how beginning with the end in mind can help add value and meaning to your final years.

Fear of Losing Loved Ones May Keep Families from Planning

Fear may be keeping your family from making important decisions that could impact the way your loved ones want to spend their final days and years. Here are some ways to help combat those fears.

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