Peace of Mind

rHere’s a great idea involving a subject we don’t often like to talk about. As a means to help kick-start important conversations about the end of life and reduce stress and anxiety for anyone living with an illness, the charity Dorothy House hospice has created a new, free life admin tool.

It’s called The Peace of Mind Planner and is designed to support patients, families and individuals in the community to consider their end of life wishes, and ensure their affairs are in order should they fall ill or die.

With our lives scattered with paperwork and digital records, it can become very difficult for loved ones to navigate and access vital information when someone becomes ill or dies. 

Sarah Dodd, who is Head of Legacies, said:

“At Dorothy House, we see first-hand what impact stress and anxiety can have at the end of someone’s life. This is true for patients and their families.

Having honest and open conversations about the basics of life admin, right through to discussing important wishes after death can enable loved ones to prepare for the inevitable, and reduce the load after someone dies.”

Dorothy House’s Peace of Mind Planner is designed to help record and easily access important life information. It offers the ability to write down things like the spiritual or cultural beliefs someone holds, where their will is kept, who will look after any children and/or pets, who their gas supplier is, any wishes for their funeral etc. It also includes a section that lists where all important documents are stored and what any final wishes would be.

Once the booklet is completed, Dorothy House recommends that it is stored in a safe but accessible place and that someone trusted knows where it is. The Hospice also suggests that as situations and information changes over time, it is worthwhile ensuring the Peace of Mind Planner is updated.

Anyone wishing to get their own copy of the Planner, can download it here.

Dorothy House is also able to provide a physical booklet by post if individuals are unable to download the digital version.

Please contact us on 01225 721480 or email 

Dorothy House Hospice has many planning ahead resources, including a free will service.