End of Life

Navigating the End of Life: A road map for caregivers

Is someone you love facing a terminal illness?  Are you feeling overwhelmed?  Uncertain what to do next?

 In this webinar, we will talk about practical suggestions for taking care of yourself and your loved one in the time that remains.

Working with your loved one to locate and organize important documents and information in the time that remains can make it easier for friends and family to carry out their wishes after they’re gone. Arranging the affairs of your loved one can be less stressful if you have the opportunity to talk with them about key documents such as:

  • A master contact list of friends, family and key advisors;
  • Financial information including bank accounts and investments;
  • Final wishes and advance directives such as a living will;
  • Pre-planning for arrangements after death.

You’ll also learn about decisions that need to be made after someone dies, and resources to help you work through arrangements after death. Some of the immediate steps include caring for their body, arranging for a funeral or celebration of life, writing an obituary, and carrying out their wishes for the distribution of their money, property, and belongings.

Working through the arrangements after death can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Grieving is a very personal process that may take months for some, and years for others. Don’t be afraid to reach out for support from friends, family, or counselors to help you in your journey through grief.

  1. Jeanne Sedun believes there is a better way to navigate the end of life journey. Drawing on her training as a teacher, Protestant minister and government executive, she creates a roadmap for supporting a loved one facing a terminal illness. Jeanne is the author of the book “Someone I Love is Dying”. You can read her article in the Family Caregivers of BC Winter Edition of the Caregiver Connection online here https://www.familycaregiversbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Caregiver-Connection-Winter-2019-1.pdf.