There are many reasons adult children might struggle to face their parents mortality. Let's face it, no one wants to think about death and dying much less talk about it. Yet, it's inevitable and deserves setting aside time to have a very important conversation while you are able to.
This post is written by Steve Johnson who co-created PublicHealthLibrary.Org with a fellow pre-med student. While the topic of suicide is difficult, suicide is a sudden unexpected death that leaves family members and friends left behind needing help.
How to Help a Friend or Loved One Through a Loss from Suicide
This post was written for LastingMatters by Janet W. Prescott, Executive Director of Hospice Help Foundation.
Helping Ourselves and Helping Others at the End of Life
I learned over the course of my nearly two-decade career that a good way to cut a conversation short was to mention I work in hospice.
Whether you plan ahead or you’re thrown into a situation due to a sudden health crisis, end-of-life conversations are never easy. Couple that with trying to initiate end-of-life conversations with your aging parents. These conversations can be excruciatingly delicate and sometimes difficult. One must simultaneously tread lightly, yet boldly.
This post was written for LastingMatters by Barbara Karnes RN, an award-winning End of Life Educator who wrote "The Hospice Bluebook", Gone From My Sight.
Just Close My Eyes and Go To Sleep
What do we want our last experience to be? We have the power to direct it, yet most of us don't use it.
On September 22, at the age of 90, Yogi Berra passed away leaving behind a legacy known nationwide. He was a Hall of Famer and one of baseball's finest catchers. Whether or not you liked or even watched baseball, you knew that Yogi was considered “an American treasure”.
Where are you hiding assets? Are they stored away in a locked trunk in your attic? Are they located in boxes stacked on the back wall of your moldy basement? Or did you pile your valuable art and antiques in an off–site storage unit located two towns over from your house?
What does Dad want? Have you asked? How about Mom? Does anyone know what her wishes are? Has anyone asked her? And is anyone really listening to what they are saying?
Life can turn on a dime. Incapacity happens. Wouldn't it be better to take some time now to get prepared? There is no time like the present to ask questions and get some answers. It’s never too late until it really is too late!