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Michigan woman urges people to consider end-of-life plans

Most people don't sit around and think about what they want to happen if they become incapacitated or what they want to happen when they die. In fact, a study by Pew Research shows that only one in three Americans have greatly considered what their wishes are for treatments at the end of their life. Making these decisions now, putting them in writing and letting your family members know might help them be able to follow those wishes.

One Michigan woman who sits on the Wayne State University's Institute of Gerontology board says that people have a fear of death. That might stop them from having discussions about the topic with family members. She says that she has already made it known in a will that she wants her body donated to the university's medical school. She says she learned about advance planning from her mother who left specific instructions about her death in writing.

The woman says she gave a health care power of attorney to a friend to make medical decisions if she is unable to do for herself. She also has a living will. She even wrote her own obituary.

As much as you probably don't want to think about your own death, making plans for it now can help make things easier for your family when you are at the end of your days. If you need help getting your documents together to spell out your wishes, consulting with a Michigan attorney who has experience in estate administration might help you to learn what you need to do.

Source: Pocono Record, "Making end-of-life decisions now will help loved ones in future" Patricia Montemurri, Feb. 04, 2014

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