Putting Your Affairs in Order
Making or updating your Will ensures that your estate is handled exactly the way you intended. It can help to make sure that your loved ones and those you care about are looked after and that your wishes are carried out.
Helpful tips when preparing your Will
Choosing an Executor
After you’ve written your Will, it’s important to inform a trusted person or the executor of its location. The executor is the person who will be responsible to manage your estate after your death. Choose someone whom you trust and someone who is able to carry out this responsibility.
For more information on preparing a Will in Canada, visit http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/bereavement/planning
Saying Goodbye Matters
For some cancer patients, the chance to say goodbye or “I love you” means a great deal.
Being able to gather friends and loved ones and let them know what they mean to you can be very important. It can give everyone you know an opportunity to share their feelings and thoughts, which can be a source of comfort to you and your family.
How would you want to say goodbye to your friends and family? Here are some ideas to help you say goodbye in a meaningful way:
Saying goodbye is a personal choice. Perhaps you don’t want to do this – and there is nothing wrong with that choice. You have to do what feels right for you.
Having practical matters settled can give men and their families peace of mind. Here are some tips and ideas:
Assigning a Power of Attorney
If you were unable to speak or make decisions for yourself, whom would you want to help you in a critical decision making moment? A Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to name someone who will act on your behalf.
There are two types:
You don’t have to assign anyone as a power of attorney; however, if you don’t choose someone, the government may choose an individual to make decisions on your behalf. Therefore, it may be worthwhile to think of someone whom you trust and who knows you well to be given power of attorney.
Helpful Tools :
To download a Power of Attorney kit, go to your provincial or territorial government website and search for “Power of Attorney”. You can also speak to a lawyer regarding Power of Attorney.
Making Funeral Arrangements
Thinking about funeral arrangements can be extremely upsetting. At the same time, knowing that you have helped set a plan for this day may give you a sense of control and your loved ones peace of mind during this emotional time.
To get started, think about what your wishes would be for your funeral:
When you’ve had some time to think about these wishes, and in conversation with your loved ones, you may want to get in touch with a funeral director.
Download our “My Funeral Plans” document to help capture your wishes.
A Living Will gives your healthcare team instructions on what to do for your medical care, in the event that you are not unable to communicate or make decisions.
Here are some of the care issues you may want to cover in your living will:
If you have advanced prostate cancer, you have the right to refuse treatment. A living Will ensures that everyone knows what you want.
TIP: Once you’ve written your living Will, put it in a safe place; let your loved ones know where you’ve put it. You may also want to put a card in your wallet that says you have a living Will, and note the location.