The End of Life Matters initiative encourages everyone on the Isle of Man, regardless of age or health, to take simple steps to make their end of life experience better; for themselves and for their family and friends.

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For many people, planning for the end of your life is one of those things which can always be done later, because it simply isn’t something that most people like to think about.

Most people live long and healthy lives and are able to anticipate their death – be it from old-age, or terminal illness – in a way which allows them to look towards their death and be able to plan for it. However, death can also be unexpected: denying someone the chance to plan for the end of their life.

Having a plan for what you want to happen at the end of your life is empowering – you are taking control of your legacy. It can also give you peace of mind, knowing that your family and friends will be able to make decisions if you are no longer able to, safe in the knowledge that they are following your wishes.

It isn’t just about the medical decisions at the end of your life. It’s important to have plans in place for what happens after you die. Would you prefer to be buried or cremated? Do you have a Will? If you already have a Will, does it still represent your wishes? Do your loved ones know what you want your funeral to be like? Would they know where to find all of your important documents? Having plans in place for after you die not only ensures that your wishes will be carried out, but also makes things easier for your family and friends, in what will be a very difficult time for them.

Talking about dying may not always be easy, but it can help you make the most of life and support those you care about.


Sit down and talk about your choices and decisions with your loved ones.


Make sure your loved ones know what you want to happen.


Live your life, knowing that you have taken control of your legacy.

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