Some time ago I wrote a will and added a few additional documents to a folder and, like a lot of other people, I thought I'd done my end of life planning.
Then out of the blue I had a cardiac arrest and found myself in hospital facing consultants who wanted to me to take drugs and have procedures that I preferred to avoid. They were doing their best... and I'm a herbalist and naturopath with my own strong ideas about what my body needs.
This challenging experience, followed by reading about the reality of people on ventilators in ICU with the corona virus, and understanding the sometimes devastating long term impact of such treatment, made me look more deeply into what end of life planning was really about.
I've since trained with Before I Go Solutions as an End-of-Life Plan Facilitator and thoroughly enjoy helping clients get their ducks in a row so they relax and enjoy life now without worrying about what's ahead.
Organisational skills come naturally to me and I have an ease with talking about the inevitability of death, having faced my own potential death on two occasions now. All my illusions of having any control over anything in my life, were blown out of the water by these experiences. But there are some things you can do to make sure your wishes are respected if these kind of events happen to you.
We never know when we might find ourselves facing serious illness or sudden death, no matter what age we are.