Have you had THE CONVERSATION yet? If not, the time is now!
Baby boomer women have been around for a while, made a number of life-altering decisions, and expressed our views on a slew of topics. However none is more important than a certain conversation that most of us never hold. That is—until Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist and author shed light on this issue and brought the life and death discussion to national consciousness through The Conversation Project.
Although it’s difficult to contemplate, each of us needs to share our end of life wishes with our loved ones—otherwise there’s likely to be a giant gap between what we want and how we will actually spend our final days on earth.
To underscore this point, here are some of the unsettling facts The Conversation Project uncovered:
- 60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is “extremely important”
- 56% have not communicated their end-of-life wishes
- 70% of people say they prefer to die at home
- 70% die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility
- 80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about end-of-life care
- 7% report having had an end-of-life conversation with their doctor
- 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing
- 23% have actually done it
Now that you have the facts, you won’t want to miss my thought-provoking interview I had a while back with Ellen on Feisty Side of Fifty Radio. This discussion is 15-minutes that will make a huge impact on your life and the lives of your loved ones. And, after you listen to Ellen’s advice, be sure to head over to The Conversation Project and download their starter kit. You’ll find tips and exercises that cover a range of end of life issues and will give you a template to let others know how you want to spend your final days.
Knowledge is power. So, if you want the power to die with dignity and according to your own wishes, you’ll need to have The Conversation. When the time comes, you can rest assured that your loved ones will thank you for it.