92% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important.
32% of people have done so.
82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing.
23% have actually done it.*
One conversation can make all the difference.
Have you discussed your wishes for end-of-life care with your family? Have you started to think about the conversation? There is a great resource for starting the discussion at TheConversationProject.org. (See link below.) This initiative is dedicated entirely to helping individuals have the hard discussions about their preferences for end-of-life care.
Why do you need to talk about this? Most people have some idea of what they want in terms of end-of-life care but it’s awkward to talk about it with family or friends. They can end up too sick to express what they want, and their children end up guessing. Surviving family often really regrets not knowing what their loved one wanted as they were dying. They feel a heavy burden of guilt in addition to their bereavement.
My goal as an estate planning attorney is to promote transparency in families. I encourage clients, friends and family to have frank conversations about their wishes for end-of-life care, their assets and treasured belongings, their pets and their stories. These conversations strengthen families and ease everyone’s grief during times of transition.
If you need help having a difficult conversation or need to discuss planning for your belongings or a potential nursing home stay, call me and let’s set up an appointment. 918-836-6461
(*The Conversation Project National Survey, 2018).