The holiday season is a perfect time to start "The Conversation"with loved ones.
"The Conversation? What conversation?"
Many families and friends gather and connect over the next couple of months. It's a time to find comfort, catch up, make memories, and talk about plans for the future.
Why not use your time together to give or receive the gift of peace of mind?
While 92% of Americans say it’s important to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care, only 32% have had such a conversation.*
It’s time to share the important details about the way you want to live through the end of your life.
And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care you want and don’t want for yourself.
The best place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people who matter most to you before it’s too late.
You can make sure that your own wishes, and those of the people who matter most to you (loved ones, friends, chosen family), are both understood and respected.
How to start the conversation
We partner with The Conversation Project®, who helps to make these difficult conversations easier.
The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Their goal is both simple and transformative: to help everyone talk about their wishes for care through the end of life, so those wishes can be understood and respected.
They provide free tools, guidance, and resources to begin talking with those who matter most about your and their wishes.
You can find copies of their conversation guides and workbooks on our website here.
Speak up and breathe easy
95% of Americans say they would be willing to talk about their wishes, and 53% even say they’d be relieved to discuss it.*
So, why not be the first to address the elephant in the room (as well as the turkey on the table) by engaging in compassionate conversations that can bring you and your loved ones closer to feel more loved and cared for?
As always, feel free to contact us if you have any questions about these resources — or need advice on where and how to store them so they are accessible when needed.
David & Team Treece
*The Conversation Project National Survey, 2018