What To Do When You Know You Are Dying

When someone knows that their time on this earth is coming to an end, they are overcome with a number of emotions. They often reflect on their lives and the road that led them to where they are now. This time can also be difficult for the person’s family and so they look for a way to help ease the burden on the family by “getting their affairs in order.” Below is a brief and non-exhaustive discussion of some things a person should consider as they prepare for death.

Legal Affairs:

Meeting with an attorney makes a lot of sense. The attorney can help a person create a Will and/or Trust so the person’s property gets passed down at death the way the person intended. The attorney can also look at other questions involving title to property that may be in dispute.

Be Hospital/Hospice Ready:

  • Prepare a list of medications
  • Have a copy of necessary medical records and medical history
  • Bring a copy of the Health Care Proxy, HIPAA Release, Advance Directive and Durable Power of Attorney

Other things to Consider:

  • Palliative care through Hospice
  • What you would like your last words to be
  • What you would like to hear the moment you are passing
  • Prepare a Funeral and Burial Directions document that indicates your wishes upon your passing

About the Author

Peter Moustakis
Peter Moustakis is the Managing Member of Sowerby & Moustakis, PLLC with locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Peter has received an award related to estate planning, contributed to 2 family law publications and authored the book “Estate Planning and the Modern Family: Old School Meets New School. He is a former President, Vice-President, Secretary Treasurer and Education Coordinator of Business Networking International Commerce Connection in Wayland, MA. He is also the former vice chair of the animal law committee at the Massachusetts Bar Association and served on the New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee. Peter believes that community service is important and has served on the Amherst town Ways and Means Committee for 4 years and was chair of the committee for 2 years.