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End-of-Life Planning


Advance Directive to Doctor and Family or Surrogates—allows you to express your wishes for care in the event that you cannot speak for yourself

Appointment for Disposition of Remains—directive that allows someone to appoint an agent to make all decisions about the disposition of their remains after death.

Bequest—money or property designated in your will to go to another person or organization after you die.

Body Disposition Authorization—directive that allows someone to state their wishes for disposition of their body, including cremation.

Burial Vault—completely seals the casket; prevents the ground from sinking in as the casket decays and makes it easier for the cemetery to maintain graves

Columbarium—a niche in a mausoleum in a cemetery or in a church to inter cremated remains

Cremation—the process of reducing the body to ashes and bone fragments through intense heat; cremated remains are rushed to reduce larger bone fragments to a grainy or powdery texture

Custodial Account—created for the benefit of a minor at a financial institution and managed by an adult who is the custodian. Types of custodial accounts include: UGMA (Uniform Gift to Minors Act), UTMA (Uniform Transfer to Minors Act), Section 529, and Coverdell ESAs (Education Savings Accounts, sometimes referred to as the education IRA). These are tax-free ways to save for a child or grandchild’s college education.

Direct Cremation—taking the body from the place of death--home, hospital, hospice--directly to a crematorium without embalming, viewing, visitation, or service

Directive Regarding Who May Receive Medical Information—is a form obtained from, completed, and filed with your health care provider

Durable Power of Attorney (POA)—document that designates an individual named by you to carry out legal and financial transactions on your behalf.

Embalming—injecting chemical fluids into the body to slow decomposition. This is funeral industry practice and only rarely required by law.

Family Directed Funeral—a funeral organized and run by the family of the deceased instead of a funeral home

Funeral—a service to remember the deceased with the body present

Grave Liner—prevents the ground from sinking in as the casket decays and makes it easier for the cemetery to maintain graves

Green Burial—burial in a biodegradable container such as a cloth shroud, cardboard box, or wooden box without any metal pieces in a field or woodland. Small ground-level markers are usual rather than memorials and headstones. No embalming is allowed.

Guardian—person who looks after and is legally responsible for someone who is unable to manage his or her own affairs, typically a child or incompetent or disabled person

Hospice Care—palliative care for the sick and terminally ill

Living Will—See Advance Directive.

Mausoleum—a building housing a tomb or tombs

Medical Power of Attorney (MPOA)—document designating an individual you name to make medical decisions on your behalf

Memorial Service—a service to remember the deceased without the body present

Organ Donation—the deceased's organs are donated to a transplant recipient

Out of Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order (OOH-DNR)—is typically completed only by persons under hospice care.

Palliative Care—medical care to ease pain and suffering, but not to cure

Perpetual Care—maintenance of cemetery grounds and graves

Pre-tax retirement accounts—IRA (Individual Retirement Account), Roth, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh, or SEP (Simplified Employee Pensions) for the self-employed.

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO)—a court order that recognizes the right of the ex-spouse to receive all or part of a pension plan that belonged to their ex-spouse.

Tissue Donation—the deceased's tissues are donated to prospective recipients

Trust—an arrangement whereby one or more persons manage another individual’s property and protect it for the benefit of others. An individual may control distribution of their property during their lifetime or after death. There are as many types of trusts as there are reasons for creating a trust.

Viewing—opportunity to see the deceased's body; typically combined with visitation

Visitation—opportunity to visit with and comfort the deceased's family; often, but not necessarily, combined with a viewing

Whole Body Donation—the deceased's body is donated for medical research and training

Will—a legal document that directs how your estate is to be managed, names an individual to manage the estate, and provides for the distribution of assets among your beneficiaries. It may also name a guardian for minor children.






PO Box 300457
Austin, TX 78703