Conversations Before The Crisis
The conversation continues
It's only in the movies that everything is neatly wrapped up in a package.
The real world is much more complicated. Family conversations stop and start
over time. Conditions change, new information makes a difference, and
After you complete your advance directive and have discussed it with your
family, be sure to talk to your physician. Sharing this information with your
doctor increases the likelihood that your wishes will be honored, and it can
ease the burden on your family members because they're not left guessing about
how much treatment you might want.
The true objective of family conversation is more than a simple package of
papers with advance directives and estate details. Those things matter, because
they will guide final actions. But what matters most is to talk with the people
you love about decisions near the end of life, to come to terms with inevitable
loss, and thus to honor the cycle of life.