10 Reasons Why You Need an End-of-Life Planning Facilitator

Michael Williams
3 min readSep 20, 2023
Photo by Amy Hirschi on Unsplash

End-of-Life Planning Facilitators are professionals who assist individuals and families in making comprehensive and well-informed decisions regarding their end-of-life care and arrangements. These facilitators play a crucial role in helping people navigate the complex and often emotional process of planning for their eventual passing.

Here are 10 reasons why they are essential when it comes to getting your affairs in order:

1. Expertise: End-of-Life Planning Facilitators have specialized knowledge and training in areas such as advance care planning, funeral and burial arrangements, estate planning (including digital asset management) and related legal and financial matters. They are well-versed in the options available to individuals and can provide valuable guidance and support.

2. Personalization: They work closely with clients to understand their unique wishes, values, and preferences. This allows them to tailor end-of-life plans to each individual's needs and desires, ensuring their final wishes are honoured.

3. Education: Facilitators are skilled at educating clients and their families about the various choices available, including healthcare decisions, funeral and memorial options, and legal and financial considerations. They help clients make informed choices, alleviating confusion and reducing stress.

4. Emotional Support: Planning for end-of-life can be emotionally challenging for individuals and their loved ones. End-of-Life Planning Facilitators offer compassionate support and a safe space to discuss sensitive topics, making the process more manageable.

5. Coordination: They help coordinate various aspects of end-of-life planning, from drafting advance directives, documenting a client’s last wishes, and planning wills to connecting clients with appropriate legal and financial professionals. This streamlines the process and ensures that all necessary steps are taken.

6. Avoiding Family Conflicts: Clear end-of-life plans can help prevent disagreements and conflicts among family members when the time comes. Facilitators can facilitate discussions and provide guidance to minimize potential disputes.

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Michael Williams

I’m a storyteller, StoryCoach, writer, accredited End-of-Life Planning Facilitator, spiritual mentor & podcast host. Oh yeah, I play ukulele.