An end-of-life conversation with your loved ones in important to ensure you gather all their wishes and desires to hold a memorial that honors them and celebrates their life. Having this conversation before they die may seem uncomfortable or upsetting to talk. Here are some reasons why it is beneficial to the both of you:
Why have the talk?
By finding out the details and specifics of the events they wish to have taken place on the day of their death and their funeral memorial, it can take away the stress of having to make decisions during a difficult time. At a time in your life when death occurs in the family or to a close friend, you are experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and you are beginning to grieve. If you are left with no direction or instructions as to what your loved one wants, having to guess may not fulfill that day the way it could have if there was some guidance left for you.
Peace of mind
If you are thinking you should have the talk but you don’t want to upset your loved ones by bringing the topic of death up, you can break it down into ways that are easier to discuss. Explain that this day is going to come at some point in the future and by having this talk you can have a peace of mind knowing that your family and friends are aware of everything you wish for. You want to spare them the difficult task of planning and organizing a funeral while they are in pain, helping to avoid prolonging their grieving process.