Often, those we love may pass suddenly due to a heart attack, an accident, or another event. In those cases, there is rarely time to prepare or say your goodbyes.
In the case of those living with a terminal illness such as cancer, you do have the time to discuss end-of-life options with them over the days, months or even years.
But, since many of us are uncertain of what to say or how to broach the subject, we miss out on opportunities to connect and find peace. This is the right time to have the challenging and meaningful conversations that we’ll remember and cherish for long after they’re gone.
Beyond just having those crucial conversations, it’s essential to take the time to put your loved one’s affairs and final wishes in order. According to an interview with Brian Carpenter, Washington University’s psychological and brain sciences professor, he suggests that asking your loved one the following questions could help reduce stress and ease the end of life process:
Challenging but necessary conversations.
End of life discussions are not easy. As challenging as it may be to have these conversations with your loved ones, no matter where they are in their life, it will be worth it to help them find peace at the end of their life, as well as help you manage the loss once they have passed.
Connecting and sharing all your emotions and memories will also help you avoid future regret over things unsaid. Read more on expressing love and comfort to a dying loved one on our blog.