God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason. Wrapped in a fuzzy pink shawl, confined to her recliner at the age of 92, Dee was mentally alert but physically a wreck. "I've outlived my life, and I'm ready to go," she sighed. Dee's two fine sons disagreed.
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.
Although the end-of-life topic may seem difficult to broach, it is harder in the long run not having these conversations. Take advantage of current events such as Joan Rivers' death, a funeral, a movie, book, or this article to initiate conversations with loved ones.