Column: Putting your affairs in order

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Death is never an easy thing to face, either for a terminally ill person or family and friends who are left behind.

In many cases the deceased person has lived a long life, and death comes as no surprise, or is caused by a terminal illness such as cancer or chronic heart disease, which runs its course over a period of weeks, months or even years.

Whatever the cause and however well prepared relatives and friends think they are, the death itself is invariably a shock, even when it is not a surprise, and the emotions which follow are no less deep or painful.

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Putting our affairs in order can lift the burden and ease the pain for bereaved loved ones.

This includes making (or updating) a will or making financial and domestic arrangements which safeguard the future of those left behind.

Something as simple as placing bank accounts and domestic utility bills in the name of the surviving partner can all in making a difficult situation less painful and difficult.

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The All About Me booklet, available from Strathcarron Hospice, aims to help and document everything that is important about your life. It covers everything from personal details, life contacts, computers and social media and financial information.

The All About Me booklet will help you put all your affairs in order in a step by step process you can enter the relevant information about your life in your own time and include details of family, friends and, very importantly, your final wishes.

If you would like your very own copy of our All About Me booklet please contact 01324 826222 or email fundraising@strathcarronhospice.net.