Where there’s a will, there’s peace of mind

PLEA Lynne Brown is urging people with life-threatening illness to make a will.  Picture: Steve Reid (121677-226)
PLEA Lynne Brown is urging people with life-threatening illness to make a will. Picture: Steve Reid (121677-226)
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IT WAS a traumatic time when Lynne Brown had to say a final goodbye to her partner Malcolm Cook.

He died aged 64 in 2009, and hadn’t left a will.

Lynne then had to endure years of interviewing and questioning so she could sort out his financial affairs.

Now she is battling cancer herself and has made a will to ensure her son does not go through the same ordeal.

The 62-year-old, of St Alban’s Road, Havant, said: ‘I was diagnosed with breast cancer last November.

‘I’m not going to have radio or chemotherapy – whatever time I have left I don’t want to be lying around feeling sick.

‘I want to be here and I want to be now.

‘When I was diagnosed I immediately thought about a will and got myself to a solicitor.’

Lynne is hoping her story will encourage people to think about end of life care.

The message comes in Dying Matters week, which aims to get people thinking about issues surrounding death.

‘My mother and my partner never made a will,’ added Lynne. ‘It was a nightmare getting things like my partner’s small company pension.

‘I have one son and I thought I don’t want to put him through that hassle. It was like being interrogated and it was unbelievable.

‘Making a will was a very simple process and wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

‘I would encourage people to make a will because it will cause less hassle for those you love after you die.’

The National Council for Palliative Care introduced Dying Matters Week to encourage more people to talk about dying, death and bereavement with their GPs.

Dr Jon Price is the clinical lead on end-of-life care for the Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group.

He said: ‘This is about people making some preparations and thinking about advance care plans and treatment. So if you want to pass away at home, or in a hospice, rather than in casualty, then those preparations can be made.

‘Similarly other things such as financial and legal matters need to be sorted.

‘Your end-of-life care has a knock-on effect for families.’

For more information visit sayitonce.info or dyingmatters.org