Although death is an inevitable part of life, it can be a difficult subject to discuss with loved ones. We worry about upsetting our family or seeming too morbid, but having these conversations can actually be extremely helpful in minimizing the stress of loved ones once we’ve passed. Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic, people may not have as much time from receiving a diagnosis to when they die, and many families have found themselves in situations where they don’t know their family member’s last wishes.

For these reasons, it has become even more important to discuss advance care planning with our loved one. Typically, this includes a living will, a health proxy, and what medical treatments some does or does not want at the end or his/her life. This can also be the time to discuss how you would like to be remembered and celebrated after you are gone.

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