As part of Dying Matters Week 2019, we’ve been tasked with asking ourselves, our friends and our family #AreWeReady?

But, who do you turn to if you don’t have close friends or family?

We live complicated lives now, often living far away from those who would help us make important decisions. 

We don’t talk as much on the phone preferring text and Whatsapp instead.

For some of us, estrangement means we aren’t in contact at all with our families.

If you have limited or no contact with friends or family, being ‘ready’ can be crucial to ensure doctors and healthcare workers can better support you and ensure your wishes are met.

Being ready can include making a Will, having a funeral plan in place or implementing an advance care plan.

There’s lots of information online relating to these three key areas:

Will making – use the NI Law Society search function to find a solicitor.

To find out more about Funeral Plans why not try Age NI – contact their office on 028 9590 0383 (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm) or visit 10 College Street, Belfast.

Other Funeral Plan providers are available so do shop around.

You’ll find useful information in relation to advance care planning here.


Will to Give is a unique network of charities working together to encourage people in Northern Ireland to leave a charitable gift in their Will.

For more information about how you can leave a gift in your Will click here.

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