Get Your Ducks in a Row!

The San Diego Memorial Society strongly encourages everyone to get their end-of-life affairs in order. Failure to do so can cause your survivors unnecessary stress, as well as potentially thousands of dollars of unnecessary expenses.

To start planning, see our Ducks in a Row Checklist.
Additionally, People’s Memorial Society in Seattle offers classes several times per year. None are currently being offered but check back after the first of the year using this link. -> Ducks in a Row class.

Here are the items you need to fill out the above “Bingo Card”

    POLST is not just a check-box formPOLST is a medical order and should be completed by a medical professional as part of a rich conversation between a patient the health care provider.
  • Will or Trust – Contact a local Trust Attorney or go online to get this done.
  • Disposition Authorization
  • Advance Healthcare Directive
    An advance health care directive lets your physician, family, and friends know your health care preferences, including the types of special treatment you want.
  • Do you have an Executor or a Trustee?
    This can be an important part of settling your affairs after death.
  • Vital Statistics for Death Certificate
    The death certificate has many questions that need to be answered. This will help you gather that information.
  • Mental Health Advance Directive
    A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment and allows the appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis.
  • Designated Agent – Who will be making your funeral arrangements?
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
    Part 1 of this form is a power of attorney for health care. Part 1 lets you name another individual as agent to make health care.
  • Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters
    California Power of Attorney Forms make it possible for a resident to assign an agent to represent them in matters concerning finances, healthcare, guardianship, and vehicle registration. An attorney specializing in this may also be a worthwhile alternative for larger estates.
  • Funds for Your Funeral Arrangements – Where is the money?
  • Body Donation – Science Care and UCSD are two alternatives.
  • List of Passwords – Make sure your loved ones can access your accounts.
  • Document Storage Service via The People’s Memorial Society

Take the time to talk with family about your decisions and educate them about how to do the same for themselves and their loved ones. Modeling proactive behavior and teaching others about being prepared for the inevitable is a great kindness that will be remembered long after you’re gone.