This Holiday Season, Find Time to Talk About End-of-Life Wishes

A recent article in Kaiser Health News reported that requests for the kinds of documents that guide decisions surrounding serious illness and death typically surge during the holiday season. Family members come home for the holidays.  It is a good time to talk about end-of-life planning when everyone is together. The goal is to ensure that people’s preferences are honored. But the talks also can reduce the guilt and depression many family members feel after a loved one dies. Studies show that while 90 percent of people say it’s important to have end-of-life discussions with loved ones, fewer than 30 percent actually do so. Also, only about a third of adults in the U.S. have completed written advance directives that spell out wishes for care or designate the person they’d like to carry them out. Advance care planning, including the use of written documents, can increase the chances that people’s end-of-life wishes will be followed. Here is the article. Enjoy!

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