By inviting your loved one to start making an end-of-life plan, you're choosing to build a deeper relationship. You're also removing the future stress from you and your family, who are often in no emotional state to be making hard decisions in times of loss. It's a tough conversation to have, but it will help you build a deeper bond and it will save you time and energy later.
To make this tough conversation a bit easier to start, follow the steps below to:
Break the ice & guide your loved one in creating a basic plan with our simple 'Just in Case' quiz.
Then, use the results to discuss their wishes.
Invite your loved one to start creating a plan with our simple 'Just in Case' quiz. Not sure how to break the ice? These starting points can help:
Remember that time we (favorite shared memory)? I've been thinking about moments like that a lot lately. It's important to me that our loved ones know what our wishes are when the time comes. This simple quiz will create a basic plan we can discuss together.
I was just thinking about (inside joke) the other day. Those moments won't last forever. Now, I know you don't want to think about kicking the can, but jokes aside, it's important to know what your wishes are. This simple quiz will create a basic plan we can discuss together.
Look I know you hate all the flowery talk so I'm going to give it to you straight. It's important to me that we know what you're preferences are after your gone — so I want to make a plan with you. This simple quiz will create a basic plan we can discuss together.
Before the conversation:
If this is a new topic for you and your loved ones, set an intention together to have an open and reflective conversation:
During the conversation:
Here are a few topics to consider covering:
Most importantly, take it slow. If they aren't ready to engage, be patient and share where your own plans are stored. Let them know that you're here to talk any time.
Life is unpredictable. It's always good to have a plan to for your loved ones to fall back on. By thinking about end-of-life as part of a greater narrative that includes you and your loved one, you can find inspiration in starting the conversation.