Here’s how to start the End-Of-Life conversation

By April 19, 2019 LifeStyle

There are only two things we can be sure of – Death & taxes. Human beings are investing increasingly in nutrition, exercise, and spiritual well-being as a means to live well. But somehow tend to ignore the importance of dying well. A recognition of our own mortality can allow us to live an even more fulfilled life. This is the focus of the author of this article and as we are all getting older its useful guidance on how to end our life well. Team RetyrSmart

Here’s how to start the End-Of-Life conversation

How to bring end-of-life discussions into the wellness movement.

No matter your spiritual or religious beliefs, here are six steps to take action toward living more comfortably with death:

1. Take time for personal reflection about what matters most to you.

Make it count, and make it a regular practice. I like using my birthday as an annual reminder to step back and reflect.

2. Recognize which relationships matter most to you.

Think about the one or two people in your life who you would want to speak for you if you were unable to speak for yourself, AND ask them to serve as your health care proxy.

3. Have a conversation about your values and priorities.

I like the card game Go Wish to help with this conversation. Go Wish has 35 cards with simple prompts about what might matter most if you are seriously ill or at the end of your life. The goal: to facilitate a conversation and prioritize what’s important so those who have to make decisions for you will know your wishes.

4. Document your wishes.

Do this in the form of an advanced health care directive or living will, and make sure your health care proxy has a copy.

5. Discuss your wishes with your health care provider.

You don’t need to wait for them to bring it up. You can start the conversation about your end-of-life preferences with your health care provider at your next visit.

6. Revisit your wishes annually.

As new circumstances arise or your health condition changes, review your wishes annually with your loved ones.

End-of-life wellness looks different for everyone. The goal is to identify what is most important to you, regularly check back in with yourself, and create a network of people who support your values. Give one of these steps a try today, and see how it goes. You might be surprised that by making choices about how you want to live and die, you feel inspired to live life to the fullest.