This page is dedicated to Life Planning, making preparations for your and others’ inevitable deaths.
Of additional importance is an understanding of the Slow Medicine, a movement gaining slow but much needed recognition throughout the United States and Western cultures wherein caregivers and loved ones may provide more natural and pleasant lives for friends and family — and even patients — they serve without forcing a sterile, hospital environment where an institution’s goal of lengthening life may trump a patient and the terminal person’s caregivers’ and loved ones’ desire otherwise.
This topic deserves far more public attention and understanding than it has to date received.
Two important actions follow. Understand the differences between wills, living wills, durable powers of attorney and durable powers of attorney for health care. Arm yourself with the knowledge of your provider’s goals and drive. For instance, an attorney will give you what you’ve requested but may not have your overall best interest in mind – and in many cases they may not even understand how they are leaving you and your family in a bind were you to pass with only some of these documents understood, let alone prepared and finalized.
At The OutJustice Foundation, one of our goals is to dramatically increase the public knowledge and follow through on having one’s life and post-mortem wishes understood, documented, legally binding and for those who are to implement your wishes to be sympathetic and the right individuals to oversee and take action on the deceased person’s preferences for after they die. Action one is to up your knowledge on Life Planning and relevant legal documents (it’s not a lot, we promise — and we’re here to assist with any questions that you have).
- Speak with a bio-ethicist through The OutJustice Foundation’s Life Planning program. Have a plan in place now. Don’t wait until later because you might not have that opportunity. Secondly, familiarize yourself with the many resources for care providers.
- Caregiver Resources, a resource page by Author Katy Butler. Ms. Butler is the author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door: The Path to a Better Death.
Don’t wait until it’s too late – prepare and feel good about how you’ll leave things whether your ultimate stage departure will come due to a known terminal illness in coming weeks, months or years, or if you’ve got a good sixty more years to enjoy your time on Earth.