Checklist: End of Life Planning

Many people postpone making arrangements for the end of life. Planning for the end of life allows individuals to spend their final days with friends and loved ones, focusing on the present. Informing family and friends of your wishes ahead of time relieves them of the possible burden of making decisions about your final arrangements.

Consider whether the following common tasks are appropriate for your situation:

  • Advance Directive
  • POLST (Portable Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) Visit oregonpolst.org for more.
  • Last will and testament or living trust
  • Life insurance policies
  • Durable Power of Attorney
  • Health Care Power of Attorney
  • Memorial service, Celebration of life and/or funeral arrangements
  • Detailed instruction regarding finances (bank accts., passwords, pensions, investments, property, etc.)