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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.


Articles, Resources & Videos

Final Years Planning: Where to Find Assistance

Developing a final years plan really boils down to one word: communication. Talking with professionals as well as family can help ensure important elements of a plan are in place.

The Risks of Not Planning for the Final Years

Some aspects of growing older may be beyond your control, but putting a plan in place could help minimize the potential risks.

5 Ways to Create a Personalized Memorial Service

Non-traditional funerals are on the rise as more people want their memorial to celebrate life rather than focus on mourning. Dignity Memorial® suggests five key things to consider when planning a personalized memorial.

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.

Start Your Bucket List Today

Even those who are unable to leave their house can have a bucket list. Consider these ideas for making the final years more meaningful and how to help a senior loved one in your life make them happen.

Spirituality Helps Some Traverse the Final Years Journey

Addressing spiritual concerns at the end of life can be vital to an individual's well-being. While each person's spirituality is unique, researchers have found some aspects of spiritual fulfillment are universal.

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.

5 Misconceptions about End-of-Life Planning and Hospice Care

Check your assumptions about end-of-life and hospice care against these common misconceptions to help you and your family better plan for the final years.

End-of-Life Stories from Professional CAREGivers

Professional Home Instead® CAREGiversSM share some of the moving experiences they've had caring for individuals at the end of life and ways they were able to bring comfort to both the client and family members during the final days.

Grief Advice from the Professionals

For family caregivers, grief can happen before and after death. Learn the five stages of grief to look out for.

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