How do you want to die? Since death is certain, it might be good to consider the possibilities.
Do you want to die at home? Or in a forest? Or on the high seas?
While cooking? Skydiving? Making love?
Do you want to be alone? With family or friends? Hooked up to life saving machines, surrounded by strangers?
Think about it. Then talk about it. Then write it down, and share it with those who care. That’s called a directive.
There are many names for this document. Advance Directive is common. In Nova Scotia, Personal Health Care Directive is used. The name is not important. The contents are.
Unless you contemplate, discuss, and document your end-of-life wishes, and choose a delegate (someone to speak for you if and when you are unable), there is no reason to expect that anyone will know what you want.
And putting it off is equally foolish. Death comes without warning. If you are lucky, it will not come until you are old and frail and ready to go. But, as we know, every day many folks die unexpectedly… and in bizarre circumstances.
Do not continue to move this task to the bottom of your list. You may need your directive TODAY.