At some stage during your illness decisions not related to your health care may need to be made on your behalf. These decisions may have to do with finances, legal matters or lifestyle (eg. where you will live).
Again you can consider appointing the equivalent of a general power of attorney to oversee your legal and financial matters or separate powers of attorney to look after different matters. The roles and terminology can differ from state to state.
Q: Is it strange to want to plan your own funeral?
A: For many people whose illness is considered terminal, this is a comforting part of preparing to die. You can be as general or as detailed as you like – even down to the music, readings and epitaph. You can put your instructions in your will, write notes for your family or lodge a formal plan with a funeral company (often with advanced payment).
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Life, Hope & Reality was developed and written by Afaf Girgis, Claire Johnson, and Sylvie Lambert with funding from the NHMRC and Cancer Council NSW.
Last updated 30 August 2015