For many people, the end of life is a difficult time. For some, it’s an opportunity to make their final wishes known, and for others, it’s an emotionally draining experience. It can be tough to know what you should do in this situation, and we’re here to help! We’ll walk you through the process so that your loved ones can take care of everything after you’re gone.
When caring for someone in their last stage, never forget that it is not always easy to do. You may find yourself contending with a range of emotions and coping challenges as your loved one transitions through the end-of-life stages. It can be difficult when they become more frail or suffer from other complications; nonetheless, take care of yourself too, so you don’t feel overwhelmed by all these feelings.
Even with years of experience, caregivers often find this final stage of the caregiving journey uniquely challenging. There are many things to do in order for your family member to die peacefully and without pain or distress. Simple acts like bathing them may be combined with complex end-of-life decisions and painful feelings associated with grief and loss as you see their life coming closer to an eventual close.
Late-stage care is also a time to say goodbye and appreciate the life you shared with your loved one. You can overcome any grudges, forgive anything that happened between you two in order to let go of resentment. While late-stage caregiving may be painful for both parties involved, it’s important not to forget what they meant to each other throughout their lifetime together while saying farewell before moving on from nursing them or grieving towards acceptance and healing.
End of life planning
is also important for your own financial security. If you are the main caregiver for a loved one, it is very important to understand how long things might take and what costs might be involved. The funeral cost alone can vary from $2,500 to $50,000 or more depending on location and other factors.
Supplemental needs such as paying caregivers, transportation, mileage and gas may add up to an additional $10K-$30K per year, which could exhaust the assets of a typical household in a few years if not planned for properly. A funeral home that specializes in late-stage funeral services should be able to guide you through all these issues, including coordinating funeral plans with caregiving agencies. You might also engage a lawyer to draft the funeral plan and assist with other legal issues, such as advance directives and property distribution. You should also talk to long-term care insurance providers about funeral benefits.
Depending on the level of medical support required by your parents, funeral services can be held in the comfort of home or in a hospital or hospice facility. As an alternative, you may want to consider cremation rather than burial; but keep in mind that funeral homes will often insist on preparing bodies for cremation within 24 hours after death (or even sooner), so you’ll need to make arrangements well ahead of time. Any funeral service will likely require that your parents be gone for at least 24 hours before becoming available for viewing.
You may also want to consider a funeral or memorial service. a funeral minister (who may also be referred to as an undertaker ) is obligated only to cremate the remains. With a funeral director (also referred to as a funeral home), you’ll have more of a say in funeral planning and services, but generally at a higher cost.
Similar to funeral homes, funeral planning companies can help you plan funerals and care for your loved ones after death. The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a funeral company is that they must be licensed by the state, so ask about their license number and be sure they are insured against any liability issues that could arise.
If you do choose cremation, it will likely be required by law that there is an open-casket funeral. However, funeral homes are always willing to help if you wish to have any part of the funeral in private, such as saying final goodbyes before cremation.
Also keep in mind that funeral homes may have a schedule for their services and could require advanced planning, so be sure to ask about this possibility from your funeral director.
Cremating someone can cost anywhere from $300–$1,500 depending on whether it is a direct or indirect cremation (if the body is buried first). Cremated remains can be buried almost anywhere you would bury normal remains, but they cannot lie above ground for long periods of time.
It can be difficult to think about what you would want at the end of your life. But it is important that we confront these thoughts and plan for them now, so our loved ones don’t have to make decisions on our behalf when the time comes. Planning ahead will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible in this final stage of life.
Funeral and memorial services are never easy. Choosing the right provider for your needs can be difficult, but we hope this article has helped you make a decision to get started in finding what is best for you. We would love to help answer any questions or concerns that arise as well; feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Divine Casket Singapore was established in 2004 by the late Silvester, one of the first few embalmers in Singapore. Through his dedication to the craft of embalming, he sought to provide the best for the deceased, emphasizing respect for those who have passed and remembering those who have been left behind. His craftsmanship has earned much praise and compliment throughout the 1990s from grateful clients.
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