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Advance decisions allow you to set out your decisions and choices about refusing medical treatment in certain situations, should you lose the mental capacity to make these decisions in the future.

There are many different types of funerals to choose from and financial help may be available.

The death of someone close to you, whether it was expected or sudden, can be an extremely difficult time, and you will experience many different emotions. Help is available.

There are many options for what happens to your body or organs after you die. Donating your body for scientific research or medical training is an option.

Emergency funds provide lump sum cash payments or loans to cover extra expenses that you find difficult to cover from your regular income.

Palliative care is a term that is used when someone is supported through a  serious progressive illness. It also includes care for their families.

Power of Attorney is a legal document, which authorises one or more people to handle your finances and health and welfare. You can set up a Power of Attorney for a limited time, or to deal with a specific situation.

There are a range of support groups in Newcastle that help, advise and support people through difficulties including offering emotional support to those people dealing with illness, social isolation, end of life or a long term condition.

 

Here’s a helpful guide of practical issues that you made need to consider and act upon following the death of a loved one.

If you die without making a Will, known as ‘dying intestate’, it can become complicated for the people that you leave behind to carry out your wishes or know your intentions.