I have had a few weeks of facilitating hard conversations with families to navigate options for aging parents. Tonight I want to commend every family who finds time to talk about hard things related to aging or illness.
I am always fascinated and amazed by the many layers of conversation that surface during these times with families. Often there is not just a straightforward question. People are complex. There is so much to consider. There are finances, quality of life, end-of-life considerations, individual preferences, identifying options and level of care needed, and so much more.
I am passionate about creating the space for hard conversations to unfold. I will write more about this in weeks to come but tonight, let me leave you with this:
If you have hard conversations about aging, death and dying, end-of-life wishes, or resuscitation orders (Do not Resuscitate), I commend you!
If you know you need to have these conversations, I encourage you to act courageously and start the dialogue.
If you want to have these conversations, reach out to share your mind and heart with someone who cares about you.
I believe we grow in the process of conversation and community. We are not meant to struggle alone. I hope you have someone for you and with you to navigate these spaces with.
Blessed be His Name.