How to Have an End of Life Discussion With Your Parents


Several times in the past you have tried to start the end of life conversation with your parents, but the discussion seems to go off into another direction.

Here are some talking points to you help get the conversation started:

  • Listen without judgment or correction
  • Find out what their fears and worries are about dying
    • Their answers might surprise you
  • Learn about their medical wishes
    • Do they have:
      • An Advance Directive
      • Medical Power of Attorney
      • Are they both on file with their doctor or local hospital?
  • Where can these important documents be found:
      • Birth certificates
      • Marriage licenses
      • Divorce proceedings
      • Military discharge and history
      • Insurance plans
      • Will
  • Learn about their financial landscape
    • Where is their financial documentation located?
    • Share with you their various bank account numbers
    • What is their current financial situation
    • Income streams
    • Retirement fund
    • Debt load
    • Investments
  • Funeral arrangements
    • Do they have any specific final wishes?
    • Have they prepaid for any of the arrangements?
    • Would they like to donate their organs or their body to science?

Having an end of life conversation can be awkward, it’s a conversation that we tend to avoid, yet it is a helpful conversation to have.

It can be comforting during the grieving process to know that you are carrying your parent’s last wishes.

At the cloudnine Agency, our compassionate caregiver’s understand just how gut-wrenching it can be to have an end of life conversation with your loved one.

Let us help facilitate an end of life conversation between you and your parents.

Contact us today to see how we can help guide you thru having an end of life conversation with your loved one.

Note: This information is general in nature. It should not be construed as professional medical, financial, legal, or tax advice. You should work with your healthcare provider, financial, attorney, or tax professional to determine what will work best for you and your loved one’s situation.

cloudnine staff writer

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