As a family, we are in agreement that we don’t want Dad to suffer. We don’t want him to linger with a low quality of life. Although he is confused and unable to communicate with us, we know he doesn’t want that for himself, either.
With good communication and constant re-assessing of Dad’s condition and options, we will make it through this period in our lives. I am so thankful our family has been able to come together and work towards a common goal.
Just recently I read another book on end-of-life planning, which I think is so crucial to avoiding major family conflicts in such a time of crisis and grief.
It’s called The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, by Angelo Volandes, MD.
Here is a short video of Dr. Volandes describing the content of his book:
- “Being Mortal”
- End of life – Five Wishes
- End of life – “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”
- Quality of life – “Rethinking Aging”
I’ll be back posting regularly soon. Until then, gather your family, your loved ones together and have that Conversation!