It’s never too soon to discuss with your family and medical provider the care options available to you when facing a serious illness. As with any important decision, an open, frank discussion that isn’t occurring in the midst of a crisis can be helpful. If you have a serious illness, it is important to discuss your hopes and goals in coping with your illness.
Suggested Questions to Start a Conversation With a Loved One
- What do you value most about your life?
- If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, would you want to pursue every possible cure?
- Do you imagine wanting to stop curative efforts if they were unsuccessful?
- How do you feel about an extended hospitalization?
- How much pain is acceptable to you?
- Do you want to be with your family when you die?
- What decisions regarding care do you want to entrust to others?
- What do you hope for most regarding your death or the death of a loved one?
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Learn more at: www.theconversationproject.org
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