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End of Life website brings resources together

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The Department of Internal Affairs has developed a website which brings together resources and information on options and requirements following a death.

The Te Hokinga ā Wairua - End of Life Service website also allows users to create a personalised list to help organise their affairs, and to record their preferences for matters such as digital assets, advance care planning, funeral or memorial service, and burial or cremation.

Personal details can be added to the site and stored by using a RealMe login.

“’Te Hokinga ā Wairua - End of Life Service' is a source of expert, trusted and accessible information to help guide people facing the loss of a loved one and also allows people to record their preferences ahead of time to make it easier on those they will leave behind," Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne says.

“It has been developed with the help of specialists like the Funeral Directors Association of New Zealand and provides people with what their options and requirements are over the first days, weeks and months following a death."

The service is the second to be developed by Internal Affairs. At the other end of life, SmartStart provides step-by-step information to help new and expectant parents with the birth of a child.

Mr Dunne says the SmartStart site has had almost 85,000 visitors and more than 5,000 due dates entered in its first six months of operation.