Why an Advanced Directive is So Important for Aging Parents
Let’s face it, death isn’t something anyone wants to think about, let alone talk about. However, if you have an aging parent, it must be addressed. This is especially true if you want to make sure that you honor your parent’s final wishes. While this can be an awkward topic, it also can be a great opportunity to let your parent know how much you care.
Discussing a parent’s end-of-life wishes is better done while they are still healthy. Waiting until they are sick may cloud decisions with fear and anxiety. Having this conversation when everyone is still in good health can be a gift for all involved.
Unfortunately, many families will disagree when it comes to end-of-life issues but there are ways to navigate these conflicts. Patience, understanding and family meetings can help to ensure that everyone feels heard and respected.
There are a huge number of people who do not have an advance directive and have no intention of putting their end-of-life issues in writing. While this is understandable, it can also put families in an awful bind.