Why should I talk to my family about end-of-life medical care?

Eventually, we all must face death and dying. Depending on how open you're used to being with your feelings and your family, talking about your medical treatment wishes in a critical care or end-of-life situation might seem relatively easy or kind of hard. Either way, most people find that it helps to talk openly and specifically about dying. It not only helps you have better final days when the time comes, it helps you and your loved ones have peace of mind today.

Have your conversation confidently and compassionately. You're doing yourself and your family a favor by plotting a roadmap and giving directions for your future medical treatments. After the first awkward moment of bringing up the topic, things will probably go smoothly. Making your decisions known will make things clearer for your family. They'll be relieved to know that a plan is in place and that they can honor you by honoring your wishes.

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