I just finished reading a post about a terrible tragedy where a young preacher and his son died tragically in a house fire, leaving a grieving wife/mother and two daughters/sisters. I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that this past Friday was National Healthcare Decisions Day. Please take this opportunity to sit down with your loved ones today and discuss what your wishes are at the end of life!
As a hospice nurse, I have worked with many families left to ‘figure’ out what their loved one may or may not have wanted with regards to end of life care decisions and funeral arrangements. Not once have I heard a family say I wish mom/dad/brother/sister/grandma or grandpa did not have their wishes written out because I wish we could debate and decided what they might have wanted. Taking the time to write and discuss your wishes and advance directives with your family is truly the best gift you can ever give them. Having this tough talk enables your loved one to feel confident they can make the right decisions for you when you can no longer make them. For more information on advance directives go to http://www.caringinfo.org and http://www.agingwithdignity.com.
Live your day with passion, Melody