End of Life Discussion
The Conversation That We Need Yet Don't Have
Although we have resources for pre-planning and end of life planning for cremations, funerals and celebrations of life,
which can be seen at this web page address (End of Life Planning), there is much more to discuss with your loved one
about healthcare, legal rights of adult children to make decisions, how a loved one wants to be remembered, and more.
In the video below, Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize Winning Columnist gives an overview on The Conversation Project and why it is so vitally important.
More information and statistics below the video.
After getting the okay from their elderly loved one, one family asked all the immediate family members to submit questions about the family history, and then videotaped their loved one sharing the answers as a legacy of memories that was shared at the celebration of life service. Another loved one requested that bagpipes be played when her ashes were scattered in the San Francisco Bay. An end-of-life discussion can allow both the family and their loved one to know that all the things that need to be planned are taken care of.
The statistics show that the intention is there, yet actually doing it - having that conversation - is easy to procrastinate.
90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, yet 27% have actually done so.
60% of people surveyed say that making sure that their family member is not burdened by tough decisions is "extremely important", yet
56 % have not communicated their end-of-life wishes
80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care, yet 7% report having had an end-of-life discussion with their doctor.
The Conversation Project provides resources to help you with your end-of-life conversations.
To visit their website - click this link : The Conversation Project