What were the events that shaped you? What are your priorities? Your guiding principles? If you hope to be remembered for who you really are, disclose that person. Offer blessings, advice, insights, and bits of family history that might otherwise be lost forever.
With reflection and preparation, you can change the course of your family history by creating a powerful legacy and serving as a model for the next generation for a life well lived.
Several years ago, I was invited to appear in the highly acclaimed 2011 documentary, "Consider the Conversation: a documentary on a taboo subject." I highly recommend this film for it's unabashed, in-depth view on personal care during the last days, weeks, or months of life.
If you knew you only had a short time to live, what would you want to accomplish? To whom would you express gratitude? From whom would you ask forgiveness? Is there someone you want to forgive? Plan your end-of-life priorities using the following checklist.
If you have questions about hospice, the time to call is now. The number one comment on hospice family satisfaction surveys is, "I wish I had known about hospice sooner." See the attached list of questions to assist you when interviewing hospices.
An excellent death as the capstone to a life well lived requires some forethought and planning. But what if a patient is unresponsive and has not previously documented his or her wishes?