My great grandmother is 97. For as long as I can remember she has talked about dying, but I’m not sure if she’s talked much about what she wants when it finally happens. It’s something that worries me, with five remaining children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and even a great great grandchild there’s going to be a lot of opinions when that time does eventually come (fingers crossed it will be at least once she’s received her letter from the Queen).
We’re pretty lucky that even at 97, Granny has remained pretty sharp but what if something changes? Is there a plan? Or perhaps, take a step back, what about for you, for me – do we have a plan?
Mortality is fragile, really we all should.
Enter Conversations That Count.
Conversations that Count Day is this Wednesday, April 16th. It’s about having a conversation with your loved ones about what both you and them want at the end of your lives. It’s not just about dying, it’s about living – the way you want to. It’s about having an advanced care plan so that both your family and your doctor know what you want should you become unable to communicate this for yourself.
As the q&a section on the website says, it’s not about giving up hope or being fatalistic, it’s about developing a common understanding of a person’s wishes and preferences. It’s really important – for everyone.
So let’s start talking. Start sharing your stories over on the Conversations That Count community page on Facebook or head to the Advanced Care Planning website for tools and more information. There’s a template and everything to get you started!