TMI is Good!
Let’s face it – when family members finally reveal their true selves, sometimes we’re bound to find out more than we bargained for. But when it comes to end of life planning, that’s a good thing. The biggest step is to just start talking.
Starting the Conversation: Why Talk Now?
Death is an experience that everyone must live through to the end. And just like in other phases of life, there are choices to be made and important conversations to begin. We encourage you to plan long before you actually need end of life care. We’ll help you get organized, explore your options, talk to your family, and be better prepared in general.
Benefits of Pre-Planning End of Life Care
Advance Care Planning is simply a process of talking with the important people in your life about your health care preferences – in advance. Having an Advance Care Plan is important for you, comforting for your family and friends, and essential to responsive healthcare decision making – at any age.
After more than 40 years providing hospice care, Hospice by the Bay knows first-hand how ‘having the conversation’ when one is healthy can ease a difficult time when serious illness occurs. We encourage you to start the conversation now about end of life planning.
Get started now on your Advance Care Directive.We are here to help. Call us.
What to do?
One of the greatest gifts you can give your family is guidance on what you want at the end of your life – for health care, for your send off, for your stuff.
Try these Conversation Starters
“The End,” “Death and Taxes,” “What would you do with six months?” – three thought-provoking concepts, in printable PDFs, to help get the conversation started. Simply share them with someone you care about and ask them what they think. Go to the Conversation Starters downloads page.
Think about it
The more you consider your options, beliefs and values, the clearer you can be. You’ll know what you want, and you’ll be able to communicate it to those important to you. It’s easy to begin by Starting the Conversation.
Remember, this is a process and it helps to prioritize! Ask yourself questions about quality of life, how you would want to spend your end of life, and what kind of medical treatment you want or don’t want.