End of Life Preparedness


Once upon a time, a person’s Last Will and Testament was the only End-of-Life Preparedness item society expected us to have.

Today, estate, trust, probate, and end-of-life care laws are much more complex.

However, society still expects us to have all our legal matters in order before our end-of-life occurs.

Despite the Patient Self-Determination Act of 1990 and campaigns to encourage advanced written directives on end-of-life care, only about 15% of Americans have executed such documents.

Before you select an attorney, it’s important to listen to the advice of more than one attorney. Advice may vary but you must base your decision to select an attorney on the advice you believe is best for you.

If you do not have a Florida attorney, contact your local Bar Association for a referral.

Be sure you select a qualified attorney for advice on today’s End-of-Life Laws.


In this world of hi-tech medical technology, there is some concern patients are still dying in mental and physical anguish.

In many cases, physicians are trained to view death as a failure of medical technology and may be too aggressive in treating dying patients.

Only when a serious illness strikes do families realize that physicians can do little to change outcomes. The truth about what technology is capable of doing and what technology actually accomplishes often comes as a shock.

Better communications between the physician, patient and family members is one way to facilitate less aggressive treatments, do not resuscitate orders, decreasing time spent in a hospital’s intensive care unit, making the patient more comfortable and helping to prepare family members. Be sure to select a physician who feels the way you do about end-of-life acre.

More than 50% of Americans die in hospitals even though they may have intended to stay at home. Many times the family members panic or they have the inability to face the finality of death. However, more appropriate facilities, including extended care centers, nursing homes, and Hospice, provide end-of-life care. Hospice offers end-of-life care with an emphasis on the relief of both physical and mental pain.

Our society has not yet accepted the inevitability of death. Even with advanced technology we still cannot extend our lifespan much beyond 100 years. Significant change in the way we approach end-of-life care will require two difficult adjustments. First, change our cultural attitudes and accept death as a natural phenomenon. Second, increased public pressure for end-of-life care providers to alter their approach to the dying patient. Be sure to select the end-of-life care provider you feel provides patients with a peaceful and dignified death.


Every religion recognizes important events in our lives with ceremonies and rituals such as Births, Baptisms, Conformations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings and Funerals.

End-of-Life Traditions, such as viewing and visitation, help us to begin to accept the reality that a death has occurred. They provide a time and place for family and friends to come together and visit with each other in a way they might otherwise never do.

End-of-Life Religious Ceremonies, such as funerals, memorial services, and committal services are also for the living. They provide important social support to the family. Friends have the opportunity to offer us compassion for our loss, show us their respect for the life our loved one lived and tell us how their lives were touched by our loved one’s life. These end-of-life traditions and ceremonies enable friends and family to commemorate the life and times of a loved one altogether.

Your clergy can offer guidance to help you choose the preferred scope and content of the religious ceremonies you desire. However, the funeral home organizes and coordinates these traditions and religious ceremonies with your clergy. Be sure you select a funeral home that understands the importance of family traditions and religious ceremonies. Your funeral director will help you document your directives for a complete End-of-Life Preparedness Plan.



In every state End-of-Life Disposition laws require us to choose one of two main choices, burial or cremation. Be sure to select the most appropriate type of disposition for your complete End-of-Life Preparedness Plan.

There are several End-of-Life Services required depending on the type of disposition, traditions and/or religious ceremonies we choose to have. A funeral director will tell us about the required services and optional services that they provide. Be sure to select the appropriate services for your complete End-of-Life Preparedness Plan.

In addition, there is End-of-Life Merchandise we have to choose. Some items are also required depending on the type of disposition, traditions and/or religious ceremonies we’ve chosen. Be sure to select the most appropriate merchandise for your complete End-of-Life Preparedness Plan.

The funeral home organizes our End-of-Life Disposition plans, coordinates the services, and provides the merchandise we select to carry out those plans within hours of the time of need. They offer several End-of-Life Preparedness options when we select the services and merchandise in advance. Most funeral homes offer advance payment plans that guarantee today’s prices on the services and merchandise they offer. Most also provide free consultations, information, guidance, and planning to help you create your complete End-of-Life Preparedness Plan.


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