Health care planning
It’s a gift to have your loved one’s wishes written down. Whether it’s a “do everything” approach or “let me go in peace.” Knowing what your relative wants ahead of time lifts a tremendous burden of guilt.
Starting the conversation
It can be awkward to bring up the topic. But families who do, report feelings of relief. They are more confidant making decisions. They know they are following their loved one’s wishes.
Quality of life
At its core, these discussions are about quality of life. What makes life worth living? Is there a situation that would be worse than death? Understanding your loved one’s values can help in day-to-day care as well. The more you know about what gives him or her joy, the more you can help make each day the best day it can be.