Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.

Although many people indicate that they would like to die at home, realistically and statistically, 80% of people will pass at a hospital. So telling your loved ones that you would like to die at home isn’t always an option. When planning for the end of time, no matter how gut wrenching it may feel, we have to be realistic. A real plan involves answering straightforward questions about the end you want and having able, willing advocates ready to follow your wishes. Choosing the right caregiver is also important for those planning for end of life, and she advises not settling for just anyone or any elder care community. “Assess your personality and financial situation,” she said. We know this topic sparks fear and denial, but by putting time into planning the end of life, we have the best chance of maintaining our quality of life.

Watch the below video for more tips on how to prepare for your end of life or the lives of your elderly loved ones.

Judy MacDonald Johnston · Entrepreneur
By day, Judy MacDonald Johnston develops children’s reading programs. By night, she helps others maintain their quality of life as they near death.