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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, there are many things to deal with. You’ll likely be in shock, processing emotions, and wondering what you need to do to get your affairs in order. This situation will be stressful, and you may not be thinking clearly. It might help to have an idea of what tasks should be addressed.
What Should You Do First?
It will be beneficial to make a checklist of everything you’ll need to do to get your affairs in order. Several websites have suggestions, so doing some research may assure you that you do not forget anything important.
One of the most emotional aspects of a terminal illness is deciding how and when to tell loved ones about the diagnosis. The conversations will be difficult for all involved; However, it may be helpful to think of it as an essential step towards getting the support you will need and providing your loved ones with an opportunity to discuss your wishes and how they can assist you.
What Else Should You Do?
It’s a good idea to document everything you can, such as your health care and financial preferences. Your situation may require specific tasks, but there are several things that most people with terminal illnesses should consider:
It is crucial for at least one person to have access to all these documents. You might also involve that person in your planning and discuss your decisions with them.
How Can You Help Your Survivors?
If you are able, you should assist your loved ones in dealing with your loss. For example:
Why Should You Do This?
Immediately after your passing is not a good time for your survivors to think about what they need to do. Approaching your end-of-life arrangements in an organized way will help both you and your loved ones during this difficult time.
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