Raise your hand if your days consist of ZERO planning!
Seeing no hands in the air I’ll assume each of you – as do I, plan for literally almost everything in life. We plan for all of life’s significant happenings – weddings, births, careers, ……and, amazingly we also plan for life’s little necessities – grocery shopping, haircuts, RAZORBACK football season & tailgating, ... so WHY is it the majority of us DO NOT plan in advance for our wishes at the end of our life?
What type of care you’d like or not like at the end of your life is not necessarily a discussion that will make you “the life of the party”. However, it is a discussion that will allow your loved ones to honor your wishes and to lessen the decision making for them in a time that is painful enough. Like it or not the day will come for all of us and those we love to part from this planet. We know this as certain as we know we must pay taxes. One difference in the two is that we know the day which are taxes are due and we know not the time we will be faced with acknowledging our days on earth are limited.
I challenge each of YOU to PLAN for what is one of the most important times of your life and in the life of your loved ones. Circle of Life Hospice provides a very simple program, “Five Wishes,” that assists you with advanced directive planning. Or I also encourage you to access The Conversation Project, a website dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Either program provides you “step by step” assistance in answering the questions necessary to ensure you’ve addressed everything to honor your end of life wishes.
Count on Circle of Life to support you however we may in this planning process as we believe YOUR wishes should be honored and clearly we believe in the value of planning for your future.