"In 2020, one third of all Canadians (34%) said they had broached subjects surrounding end-of-life planning such as making or updating their will, deciding on their end-of-life wishes, and estate planning. More than a third (37%) said getting their end-of-life affairs in order – including updating or writing a will, funeral planning, and having tough family discussions around estate planning – will be a priority for them this year".
So interesting that 1/3 of Canadians have talked about End of Life subjects. I do not have current statistics for Americans, but we do know that America is a largely death, and grief phobic, society. Most Americans do not see the need to have such conversations, but if Covid has helped us understand end of life, it has brought to the forefront the importance of having such conversations.
“The needs and expectations of Canadians are changing when it comes to planning for end-of-life – but it's important not only to think about one's final wishes, but to ensure they are known and understood.”
Another important point is that even if you have planned for most aspects at end of life, it is imperative that loved ones know, and understand, what your wishes are. If they do not, there will not be anyone to advocate for you when you most need it.
Please take the opportunity to get your "affairs in order".