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Planning a funeral for your partner or helping your partner pre-plan can be an overwhelming process. At Conway-Markham Funeral Home & Cremation Services, our goal is to offer you as much support as you need right now, and we’re prepared to assist you every step of the way.

 

 

Tackling Practical Arrangements to Ease the Burden of Terminal Illness

 In the initial moments after finding out that your partner has a terminal illness, your head is probably spinning with unanswered questions and overwhelming emotions. As this new awareness settles in, you’re left with the task of managing these emotions while also dealing with the practical considerations. Part of this includes certain arrangements for how your partner lives and the legacy your partner wants to leave.

 Conway-Markham Funeral Home & Cremation Services understands this will be a difficult time for your family, and we want to help. We hope the following guidance can offer support through your challenging journey ahead. 

 Changes to Daily Life

One of the first things to consider is how the illness will impact the daily life of your loved one and your family, and what kind of practical help you may need. Now is the time to build a support network that you can turn to for help. These are your close friends and family members who can help out with odd jobs and even basic chores when they get to be too much. You may even want to ask a friend to help coordinate a schedule, especially if your partner has treatments and appointments to keep up with.

Considering Coverage and Cost

 There is a possibility that a time will come for hospice or palliative care. Most healthcare plans provide coverage for end-of-life services such as hospice and palliative care, though each plan varies and has different requirements to be eligible. Help your partner thoroughly review their health insurance policy to see what’s covered and how they can use their benefits to pay for hospice.

 Depending on treatment costs and a lack of coverage, you and your partner could face serious financial decisions. If insurance only covers so much, you may have to sell a car, cash out a 401(k), or even refinance your home to access equity. These choices will be tough to navigate, but doing them together or with the help of a financial advisor can help your partner maintain quality of life now and help you have financial footing after your spouse passes away.

 Planning for Life and Death

Anyone who is coping with a terminal diagnosis, or has a loved one who is, could benefit from professional grief counseling. And while everyone’s situation is unique, try choosing activities that add to your quality of life. This can be as simple as planning to do at least one thing each day that brings you joy. Making these small choices is a major way to add meaning to your life.

 Adding meaning to life also helps many people who have a terminal illness feel like they can die with dignity. On a practical level, your partner has the opportunity to make decisions about end-of-life care. Would they want to stay in a hospice facility or stay home with palliative care? Do they want to be surrounded by particular family members? Do they want to plan their funeral? Making these decisions and together and informing others of your partner’s wishes can ease the emotional burden.

 Legal Logistics

In addition to communicating these wishes with family, your partner should complete the necessary legal documents. For end-of-life care, there are two primary types of advance directives. A living will is a document that designates what type of care your partner does or doesn’t want in certain situations. As another option, your partner can designate a durable power of attorney for healthcare allowing you to make decisions for them if they are unable to. Your partner may also need a Social Security representative.

 Talking about these end of life necessities isn’t easy, but many people find that taking care of practical arrangements helps ease their emotional burden. Doing this allows everyone involved to focus on life, rather than having to worry about practical matters. This is a gift that can give you and your loved ones a greater sense of peace throughout this process.

       

           

 

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