Having That 'Conversation'

Having discussions about end-of-life care helps those who handle the final decision-making feel less stressful.

It's one of the most important conversations a family can have, yet so many families fail to have it until its to late.

Having a profound discussion about end of life care takes no small amount of courage in looking ahead to the end of life. Yet families seem to get caught off guard when a situation comes about that those decisions need to be addressed and that time can become very stressful. Especially now as we approach another holiday season, families will gather for their holiday traditions and the subject, if brought up, seems to put fear in everyone involved.

Having a directive and plan in place for the inevitable helps those who handle the final decision making feel less stressful and know what their loved ones wishes are. 

Pre-planning can help alleviate a lot of stress with families. Knowing loved ones' desire for their final wishes makes the most difficult decision easier now than later. All questions that come up in the final arrangement conference can be completed beforehand.

Financial stresses are also involved in the decision process, and with today's economy and families seemingly always under stress about which way the economy is going, pre-funding a funeral with insurance guarantees that funeral expenses will be paid for when that time comes. There are always questions; having the answers makes stressful situations easier to handle when they are presented to you in a non-stressful environment.

I am always available to sit and talk with families who have questions on pre-planning. You can also go to www.sunsetoptions.com to look up information about pre-planning, send me an e-mail sunsetoptions@gmail.com or call (414) 892-4126.

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