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In my fantasies I am exempted from the general truth of death.
But that is a delusion, and death will come to me, even me, as well.’
– The Four Reminders, Vishvapani
Despite this truth, we often shy away from talking about death and dying. By opening up this conversation, and by taking steps to make your wishes known to friends and family, you can ensure that your wishes and choices are respected. What are your funeral wishes? Who would you like to benefit from any wealth and possessions you leave behind? How would you want to be cared for if you could no longer make decisions?
“Although I have thought about making a will many times and also discussed it with others, I haven’t yet done so. It is something that I really need to do. As we know, death is not dependent on age. Making a will is actually Mindfulness of not- Breathing.”
- Dharmachari Paramashanti
As well as talking to friends and family about your wishes, you can also record your wishes in legally binding documents, helping bring peace of mind to you and your loved ones.
Write a will
Making a will is not only practical, easing the stress on the people you care about, but can be a reflective, liberating practice. Writing a will, or amending an existing one, is fairly straightforward , and the benefits far-reaching. If you would like us to send you a leaflet with more information about making a will, including a will planner document, then please emails us at info [at] abhayaratnatrust.org
To ensure that your wishes are respected should you no longer be able to make decisions about your care you can record your wishes in a legally binding document known as a Living Will. Visit http://compassionindying.org.uk/ for more information about the steps you can make to plan ahead.