Supporting a friend at End of Life
Updated: Feb 2, 2022
I wanted to share a personal experience with you this morning.
At the moment I am supporting a very dear friend of mine who is in the advanced stages of cancer. I want to tell you that things move fast, changes happen quickly and suddenly, especially when receiving treatments of chemotherapy & radiotherapy.
I am honoured to have the role as one of their Attorneys for Lasting Powers of Attorney, and an Executor of their Will.
And even though (thank goodness!) we had many conversations even before they got sick about where the Will is, funeral wishes, passwords etc, I now think to myself do I REALLY know where to find the paperwork, especially when being in a state of shock, grief or emergency?
AM I actually going to find it so easily? At this moment the time for these conversations is passing rapidly due to the brain-addling effects of the chemo and radiation and high levels of medication which have contributed to the rapid and sudden mental and physical decline of my beloved friend.
So if you think you have everything in place, ask yourself, DO YOU? and do YOUR executors, family and friends know all this information and have it to hand? We think we have all the time in the world for these conversations, when in reality - WE DON'T. Things can and do change in the blink of an eye.
Last week I was due to run a FREE workshop sharing how you can start taking the steps towards having these much-needed conversations, but due to my dear friend being unexpectedly hospitalised and receiving life-sustaining treatment, I will be rescheduling.
Thank you all so much for your amazing support and love at this time.
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