A good death contributes to a good life so we owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to deal with a reality most of us don't want to face. Includes a Foreword written by Esther Rantzen, presenter of BBC2's "How to Have a Good Death" programme, airing March 2006, telling of her personal experience of losing her late husband Desmond Wilcox. Find out how to deal with death, from understanding the process of dying to communicating with hospital staff and working through the difficult stages of bereavement. Whether you are caring for someone who is dying or want to be prepared for your own death, planning ahead will put your mind at rest.
If you are an adult Canadian who uses e-mail and surfs the internet, this book is for you. In a unique and humorous way, this former military officer and tech executive shares what she’s learned about the estate industry and the taboo topic of preparing for one’s own death. Preparing for death doesn’t need to be scary or foreboding. It can actually be liberating and energizing. Join Your Digital Undertaker in an exploration of death in the digital age in Canada, which lifts the lid on how the deathcare and estate industry works today, and tackles it through the project management and digital lens. This exploration includes simple diagrams, easy to understand scenarios, and user options that require only a couple of mouse clicks. You’ll learn your digital life is not isolated from your physical life, as technology is the new player at the estate planning table. Cracking the code to digital death and its afterlife requires deciphering the code for your regular and physical life. By the end of this book, you should feel armed with questions and a perspective on how to tackle your digital life in the context of your overall estate. You might even walk away inspired to get on with dealing with your will and estate plan with estate planning professionals. If you are a named executor in a will or appointed in a Power of Attorney, this book is for you as well, as it might motivate you to ask a lot more questions about your role before you get handed “digital hell in a hand basket”. For those having the challenging conversations with their parents, family members or clients, let Your Digital Undertaker ask some of the basic questions and open the door for a meaningful discussion.
"This is a very substantive book that encompasses the various aspects of advance care planning, both prior to and after a diagnosis of a life-limiting disease. The realistic case studies help readers understand the complexities of decision-making by the individual and the family."--Doody's Medical Reviews While advance directives hold a great deal of promise for ensuring self-determination and quality of life near its end, the majority of Americans face life-threatening illness without having completed effective advance care planning.. This volume recounts the history of advance directives, chronicling the evolution of an approach that initially focused on completing forms, to one that now emphasizes more comprehensive strategies for facilitating conversations about end-of-life care and planning for dying and death. It provides helpful strategies for initiating and guiding discussions among providers, patients, and their loved ones, easing the burdens of uncertainty, and improving the efficacy of surrogate decision making near the end of life. Scholars and practitioners from a variety of disciplines provide a well-rounded view of the history and challenges of advance directives. Authors include palliative care physicians, nurses, social workers, grief counselors, educators, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, and medical ethicists. The book shares successful strategies on how effective advance care planning can provide smoother transitions at the end of life and ensure better quality of living before death. It incorporates effective multidisciplinary, relationship-based models of advance care planning along with multidisciplinary perspectives to help caregiving professionals initiate conversations and disseminate relevant information to patients and their loved ones and advocates. Case studies illustrate the importance of, challenges with, and prospects for advance directives and advance care planning. The book addresses common barriers to advance care planning and offers ways to overcome them, as well as detailing public health, legal, and comprehensive community planning approaches to change how our current American society deals with dying, death, and end-of-life care. Key Features: Introduces a multidisciplinary, pragmatic approach to advance care planning Addresses strategies to reform advance care planning Presents case studies illustrating the importance, benefits, and challenges of advance directives Features successful initiatives in advance care planning and new directions that shift community practice related to dying, death, and end-of-life care. Includes the contributions of physicians, grief counselors, medical ethicists, social workers, psychologists, medical ethicists, lawyers, nurses, educators, and others
Planning for Death: Wills and Death-Related Property Arrangements in Europe, 1200-1600 analyses death-related property transfers in several late medieval and European regions (England, Poland, Italy, South Tirol, and Sweden). The book focuses especially on testamentary practice and matrimonial property rights.
Benjamin Franklin once wrote that nothing could be said to be certain except death and taxes. He was only half right. Estate planning can be an intimidating experience. It is complicated, it is unfamiliar, and it involves your death. It is not surprising that people procrastinate for years before facing up to this important responsibility. Death and Taxes provides the practical information needed to undertake confidently one of the most important steps of a career, planning for the disposition of your estate. Wills, trusts, probate, life insurance, taxes, and many other estate planning concerns are discussed in detail. Over a hundred of the most commonly asked questions are answered in simple, straightforward terms. Over two hundred examples are included to explain the most important estate planning ideas. Designed for the interested layperson as well as the financial planner, insurance advisor, or attorney who is not an estate planning specialist but who wants to gain a better understanding of the estate planning process, Death and Taxes is a practical reference guide that cuts through the complications and confusion.
PLANNING MY DEATH Help your family or friends trace all important information they wll need when you die. We've created this guide for you so you have an easy place to write everything down. You can pick and choose which sections you complete Find a safe place to keep it, such as with your will, and let your family or close friends know about it Your details will change over time so think about updating it once a year or when your circumstances change. If you choose to complete this document, it is really important that you keep it in a secure place at all times as it will contain sensitive and confidential information. Completing this final wishes organizer will help ensure that the people you care about will not have to worry if they made the right decisions. You can record the following information: PERSONAL DETAILS NEXT OF KIN OR KEY CONTACT MY IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS : Will and where they are kept, funeral plan, People to be contacted in the event of my death, List of pallbearers, OTHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND WHERE I KEEP THEM: My birth certificate, Marriage certificate, Passport, Other Documents. UNERAL WISHES: Your Funeral preferences, Obituary, Personal instructions, Final deposition, Special wishes and instructions. MY FINANCIAL DETAILS: Bank accounts, Credit cards, Pension/Retirement plans, Mortgage, Insurances (e.g. health, car, homeowners, other), Location of important documents, Other important financial information. UTILITY PROVIDERS REGULAR PAYMENTS: Charity donations, Club memberships, Subscriptions SIGNIFICANT POSSESSIONS: Property, Vehicles USEFUL CONTACTS DIGITAL ACCOUNTS: Websites, Emails, social media accounts, subscriptions, online file storage (files - videos - photos...), Blogs and websites you own, or other important login information. ACCESS TO LOCATION OF IMPORTANT ITEMS ARRANGEMENTS FOR CHILDREN ARRANGEMENTS FOR PETS: All important information about your pets SPECIAL THOUGHTS : Some thoughts you would like to share with your family and friends. MY WISHES LIST NOTES: Lined pages to record all Record all other information not covered in the previous pages THANKS PAGE, SIGNATURE Order your copy today! NB1. This planner is not a legal document and does not replace a valid will.
A comprehensive approach to prevention, intervention, and postvention concerning death, violence, and self-destructive behavior among school-aged children in educational settings.