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How To Talk With Family About Your Wishes In Case You Become Incapacitated And Can't Speak For Yourself


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Talking about the possibility of incapacitation is not an easy topic for your family any more than it is for you.

Since you had a diagnosis, family members are likely to think the discussion morbid. They may also be unhappy about your wishes. It will make it easier if you take the focus off of you. Consider broadening the discussion beyond yourself to what each of you want in case he or she becomes incapacitated or is suddenly in an end-of-life situation. After all, as we see every day on the news, anything can happen to any of us at any time.

Be prepared for all types of reactions.

A holiday or other family gathering is a good time to have the discussion. (In addition to reading the other sections of this article, It may be useful to look at the following website which is intended to help guide the conversation over the dinner offsite link,)

If it's easier, have the discussion one-on-one with family members.

Confirm whether the people you speak with have executed the necessary documents, or encourage them to do so by a deadline.

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