Assisting A Loved One With Their Last Wishes*

*This is a collaborative post*

When a loved one is nearing their end, it is likely that their thoughts will go to how they say goodbye and what they leave behind to those that they love. You may be able to play a significant role in ensuring that their wishes are fulfilled. Make sure that you’re ready to take that responsibility and, if you are, think about some of the following ways you could help.

Make sure their assets are being dealt with correctly
Does your loved one have a will or any assets that they would like to make sure are left behind to the right people? If so, having them double-check, update, or write their will for the first time and making sure that all their preparations are in place can take some of the concerns they might have about their family off their mind. Finding a probate solicitor to help them execute their final wishes might be the least contentious way of handling this sensitive matter.

Talk to them about how they would like to say goodbye
Broaching the subject of any ceremony following the death of a loved one can be a sensitive subject. Asking them about the details of what kind of floral arrangements they would like and any songs or other requests they have can be difficult. However, arranging funerals in advance can make them much easier to pay for and get organized in a timely and orderly fashion. If your loved one is ready to have that discussion, it might be time.

Saying goodbye to their loved ones 
The grieving process can start at any point, even before the death of a loved one. There may be several people in their life they want to say goodbye to. Helping them find and open a dialogue with these people can be of great relief to them. Finding old friends and family members is easier than ever thanks to the internet, so ask them if there is anyone they want to say a few final words to when they start saying goodbye to loved ones.

Be sure to take time to yourself
You might feel like helping your loved one fulfill their final wishes is the most important thing in the world to you, right now, and you are valid in your thoughts. However, it’s important to take the time to process your own emotions and grief, too. Dealing with the administrative and ceremonial side of loss can make it all very real, which means that you can be dealing with the steps of grief well in advance. Make sure you have your own support group and don’t feel bad about having to take a day or two to yourself now and then.

Don’t take on more than you have to, if possible. If you can enlist help to fulfill a loved one’s wishes, you should do it. The process can be both physically and emotionally exhausting, and it’s important to practice self-care when dealing with grief of any kind.

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Photo source Link - Pixabay License

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