In Episode 138, we discuss the courageous act of developing an end-of-life plan for what we would like to happen should we become ill, unable to care for ourselves, or die and the decisions that need to be made so our families know of our desires.
It is not easy to speak with our loved ones about death and dying.
It can be even harder when we need to speak about the specifics of what each individual wants for their end-of-life choices.
Often times, it can be something sudden and dramatic that has taken place which makes us realize now is the time.
But please be wise and not wait until it’s so late that you don’t know what their wishes are.
Perhaps an serious diagnosis or accident wakes us up.
Yet I encourage you to do is draw up the courage and speak about it now.
Would they want to be resusitated if they were at death’s door?
Would they not want to be resusitated and allowed to die as natural a death as possible?
If they are in hospice, do they want to die at home or in the hospital?
Do they want to be cremated or buried and where?
Has a resting place already been chosen and paid for?
Do they want a wake and, if so, for how long?
Would they want a church funeral and, if so, where?
And have they developed a will? Who has possession of it and who has been named as an executor/executrix?
There are so many things that need to be considered for our end-of-life situation.
And the sooner they can be arranged and let others in the family know their wishes, the smoother their death will be for all concerned.
No, it is not easy getting these things in writing, but it is vital for a less drama-filled event after their death.
Gather your courage and have those conversations now.
If you are ill or grieving a loved one’s death, take the time to research a hotline with trained counselors to speak with.
The very best individuals to connect with are those who are suffering your exact type of death. Go here.