The Importance of an End of Life Conversation with Your Loved One

By: Myles O'Riordan
Friday, May 17, 2019

It can be extremely stressful to have an end of life conversation with a loved one. In fact, most people don’t even want to venture on that path and defer having this talk as much as possible. But many therapists feel that having this conversation can benefit the family.

Why This Discussion Is Important

If a person is very ill and death is imminent, it is important that you make that person’s last days as comfortable as possible. There are certain benefits to having an end of life conversation with your loved one who will soon breathe their last, such as:

  • It leaves no room for speculation as you get a very clear idea about that person’s wishes and requests.
  • The ill or elderly person that is nearing their death will find it easier to reconcile with that thought and will be more at peace with themselves.
  • The discussion also helps bring family members closer, and they also forget their differences during that time.

Some Details To Discuss

  • Do you prefer a burial or cremation?
  • Do you want a traditional funeral service or a celebration of life?
  • Do you want us to hold a visitation?
  • Are there any specific things you would like us to do on your behalf, like donating something to charity?
  • Do you want any specific decorations or music at the service?
  • Discussions about personal possessions and personal assets.

Having this discussion can give family members some solace. It also leaves no room for conflict, as the family knows exactly what the person wants. When you have this discussion with your loved one, you have a clear idea of what the arrangements need to be like.

If you want to know more about our funeral services, feel free to contact us at Wagg Funeral Home today and we’ll be happy to help with all your specific needs.

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