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What are critical life events?

Critical life events may be events such as serious illness, or the death of a loved one. Although these events are part of the life course, very often people don’t consider the implications of such events on their lives until they actually happen. When something happens unexpectedly or suddenly to either yourself or a loved one, you may be required to make rapid decisions and to take decisive action regarding finances, health, lifestyle or care on either your own behalf or somebody else’s behalf. If you are unprepared for this and a decision needs to be made immediately, this may be referred to as a crisis decision.

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