The Tool for Writing Your End of Life Plan & Directions
9 Things to Include in Your Departure Directions™
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The Importance of End of Life Planning
Your sense of how you wish to be cared for after you die is influenced by many factors including: social and community impact, relationship to your body/corpse, cultural, spiritual and community traditions, ecological impact and cost and practical considerations.
Writing your Departure Directions™ is an exercise that will benefit you today and going forward because “All that matters in the end, matters now.” Departure Directions™ is Willow’s term for your written guidelines and end-of-life care plan—determined by your values, beliefs and priorities—for how you wish to be cared for and remembered after you die.
A Free End Of Life Plan Resource
This free tool provides a template from which you can build your Departure Directions™. The nine headings will ensure that you consider all aspects of your after-death care, including sharing the news of your death, roles for your loved ones to make it meaningful for them, expenses and logistics and more.
Completing your Departure Directions™ will give you peace of mind knowing your final wishes will reflect who you are and what matters most to you while alleviating stress, chaos and worry for the people you leave behind.
This material is for personal use only with the exception of Licensed Willow EOL EducatorsTM. Copyright 2021 by Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante doing business as (dba) Willow End of Life Education and Planning. All trademarks belong to Reena Lazar and Michelle Pante, dba Willow End of Life Education and Planning.
For my parents and me, the experience of attending your workshop opened a pathway for continued conversation, learning and growing together in relationship to our own journeys with death and dying.
Lesley Ormiston, Practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Departure Directions was a multi-layered experience full of revelations, tenderness, awe and humour, guided with skill and compassion by Michelle and Reena. It gave me an appreciation for life, making me more aware of living in the present and cultivating gratitude for the profound beauty of the world around me. I now have less fear of death and was able to overcome a years-long block about writing my will.
Anita Roberts, Educator, Author, Actor & Grandmother
I had no idea I would be sitting with these new experiences and feelings at the end of the four Departure Directions sessions. I had projected a certain image of what would happen after I die, and this circle opened up a whole landslide of new possibilities. I am actually getting excited about doing all of this stuff. That was pretty incredible.
Namgyle Jerry Ewen, Professional Speaker & Facilitator