Even when visits happen in person, people often avoid talking about getting older, getting help at home, getting sick, and dying. Talking about these topics can be hard.
We worry about making our loved ones feel uneasy or putting a damper on the holiday cheer. That does not change how important it is to talk about these topics. Here are some tips and resources that can help you get the conversation started.
Use a conversation starter – from a TV show, movie, book, or article
Connect your talk with a life event – like a doctor’s visit, memorial service, death of a friend or loved one
Share your wishes before you ask someone about their wishes