It is only natural to shy away from having a conversation with loved ones about advance directives. That's the conclusion from By Edo Banach, JD, President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
"Advance care planning is not about the end ... it’s about having heart to heart conversations with our loved ones, talking about our values, priorities and wishes. It’s about documenting those wishes in an advance directive and sharing that with friends, family and healthcare providers so that we will get the care we want should we not be able to speak for ourselves."
Banach says the conversations can take place around the kitchen table or in the family room, during calm times, not in the midst of a health care crisis.