How to Talk with Your Loved Ones as the Patient

Released 7-29-2011
One of the most difficult things to do is to figure out the right way to talk to your loved ones. Remember, it’s up to you to take the initiative and express your wishes to your family and loved ones. Remember that one of the most difficult things to talk about in a dying situation is “What do you say?” Talking about end-of-life issues can be difficult for anyone. One way to approach the subject is to talk about why you have decided to talk about these issues. For example:

Sometimes sharing your personal concerns and values, spiritual beliefs, or views about what makes life worth living can be as helpful as talking about specific treatments and circumstances. For example:

Reassess your decisions over time. These are not simple questions and your views may change. It is important that you review these issues and discuss your choices as your personal health or circumstances change your life.