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.
If you think you have run out of things to talk about with your adult kids, how about a worthwhile chat about incapacity and death? That’s certainly going to get their attention and a photo worthy reaction…usually a wide-eyed look that says “it’s time to head for the hills!”
We need, however, to ensure that our next of kin are fully prepared and understand what we want should we become incapacitated or die.
I'd like to share Ginny McKinney's personal story with you. It is her story about love, loss, and learning about what matters most...and about navigating grief one campfire at a time.
My grandmother, Phyllis, was the keeper of the family history. She kept a neatly organized closet packed with boxes of fine china, silver table settings, war medals, and so on. She had a fascinating story for every object. Her stories brought the objects to life again.
A tall stack of Kodak photos printed on shiny rectangular cards of a family of four sits stapled together with the corresponding holiday letter written with care by “mom” each year. She probably spent a lot of time crafting the ubiquitous yearly holiday letter and thought about what her intended message would be to those she sent cards to each December.
The words paint a picture of accomplishments, changes, and reflections of the ups and downs of a year in a family’s life.