Diary provides helpful guide when our loved ones depart
THE loss of a family member, especially one that you are very close to, is a very emotional time.
Each one of us deals with bereavement differently and unfortunately it is at this emotional time when you have to make some very hard decisions.
So it pays to have had these types of discussions with family well before hand. But do we know what decisions have to be made once our loved one passes on?
Queensland Aged and Disability Advocacy (QADA), with the help of Legal Aid Queensland has produced a diary that is full of useful and practical information on legal issues that is useful to older Queenslanders.
The diary is set out in such a way that is easy to read and understand.
Each month deals with a different topic important to people as they get older. Topics such as consumer issues, wills, funerals, aged care, and retirement villages are set out so that the reader gets a good understanding of where to find further information.
It holds a wealth of information that is important to everyone but especially to older people.
QADA is an organisation that provides advocacy to older people confidentially and is a free service.
It gives people a voice through education, information and support that enables them to exercise their rights when receiving aged care or community care services. It provides information on advocacy and support related issues and processes.
One of the issues dealt with in the diary is Bereavement and Funerals.
This is not something that most people want to discuss with family but it is something that is very important at some time in our lives.
But the diary is helpful in providing information on where to get all the information you need to arrange a funeral, the responsibilities of the executor of the will, your rights and the responsibilities of the funeral directors.
These are not easy topics to discuss but it is important to have these discussions with your family.
Bereavement is a very emotional time and it is difficult to have to make decisions under such stress.
Therefore it is important that the family knows exactly what your wishes are so as to make it easier on those who have to decide how to deal with your wishes.
The information in the diary goes further than bereavement and funerals.
It provides useful information about retirement villages; about neighbours and neighbourhood disputes; retirement planning and a myriad of other valuable information. A copy of the diary is available by phoning 1800 818 338.