Protecting you and your wishes.
In our society, death and dying tend to be taboo subjects that people don’t like to mention or dwell on too much.
And, of course, having conversations about death can bring up strong and uncomfortable emotions. We are all worried about getting it ‘wrong’ or hurting someone’s feelings. This can mean that discussing our own or a loved one’s death is avoided.
But, while it can be hard to voice our worries and wishes in respect to end-of-life (or palliative) care and death, doing so can bring a great sense of relief and connection.
For example, when a person is approaching the end of their life, it is important that the care and treatment they receive is responsive to their needs.
The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life, by increasing comfort, promoting dignity and providing a support system to the person who is ill (and those close to them). So, conversations need to take place with the person and their family about where and how they want to be looked after.
If you would like to take care of some aspects of your death, there are lots of helpful resources about making a will, planning your funeral, or planning for future care and support.