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 ever get around to having. 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
Perhaps the idea of discussing life and death issues is not something your family would want to hold around the table. It can, after all, bring up difficult emotions and the holidays are already stressful enough. So The Conversation Project has eliminated much of the potential awkwardness making the “gift of conversation” an easy one. It’s a simple form but one that can give you and your family true peace of mind. They now have an online link where you can print or email this important document to the ones you love.
What better time than now to show those you love that you care about them enough to free them from the stress and worry of making the difficult decisions at the end of your life. It’s free, it’s quick, it’s clear, and it’s concise. So take a few moments to fill out the form and send it to your family.
When the time comes, The Conversation is truly the gift that keeps on giving.