With 83% of the British population admitting they are uncomfortable talking about death and dying, it seems there aren’t many topics more taboo.
We might not like discussing the ultimate eventuality but preparing for the future is an essential part of life planning.
To challenge our reluctance to face up to dying and bereavement, Dying Matters – a coalition of 32,000 members across England and Wales – was created. The coalition stages an awareness week every May – this year it was from the 8th to the 14th – to spark conversation and to encourage people to make plans for the end of life.
This year the focus of the week was ‘what can you do’, with the public asked to take simple steps to prepare for the future.
The advice includes:
– make a will
– plan your funeral
– consider organ donation
– thee the people who need to know
– decide your future care wishes
– get your finances in order.
The message is simple: talking about death won’t make it a reality – but not talking about it could make the process more difficult for you loved ones to deal with it when the time finally comes.
Gotelee is once again supporting the awareness week – and we are encouraging people to follow the guidance to avoid unnecessary difficulties further down the line by acting now.
Recent figures revealed that more than 50% of Brits have not written their Will and almost four in 10 people over 55 have no Will at all. Formally outlining how you want your assets to be shared when you pass away will give you peace of mind now and will make it easier for your family when the time comes.
How can Gotelee help?
To ensure the people you care most about aren’t forced to deal with unnecessary difficulties after your death, keeping an up-to-date will is important. Without one, your final wishes may go unheard and your loved ones will face the added pressure at an already emotionally fraught time. A will is especially important if you own property or other valuable assets, and even more so if you have children.
Gotelee also specialises in power of attorney, probate, and tax and trusts, and can advise on the general procedures of administering an estate, obtaining the Grant from the Probate Registry and distributing the estate in accordance with the Will or the intestacy rules if there is no Will.
To find out more, contact Nicola Weldon on 01394 388605 or email [email protected]