As Father’s Day approaches and you begin to think about how to honor your father or a father figure in your life, we want to encourage you to gift them with a listening ear as they express what matters most to them. Father’s Day is such an opportune time to remind the fathers in our lives that we love them, and we want to do the best we can to honor their wishes for care from now to the end of life. Below is a list of powerful stories to help inspire you to call or tap that father on the shoulder and tell them that you’re ready to listen.
- The Machismo Mourns (Too) by Limhi “Lee” Vela
- In this piece, Limhi “Lee” Vela discusses how he broke out of cultural norms that said that men should not express emotion and implied that men were immortal. In the midst of loss, he decided that he would challenge these popularly held beliefs in order to honor his grief.
- A Patriarch’s Departure and the Love he Left Behind: A Physician and Son Remembers His Father by Sodzi Sodzi-Tettey
- Sodzi’s (a doctor and director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement) beloved father was the patriarch of his family. And, as any good leader would, he took the necessary steps to ensure that his family/community were cared for. Prior to his passing, he did his due diligence to express all of his end-of-life wishes. This piece is an act of appreciation for his kindness.
- A Matter of Heart: A Father’s Reflections on Advance Care Planning by Ira Byock
- As a doctor, Ira Byock understands both the importance of periodically updating his own advance directive and working to improve the quality of care across health systems. He writes about how advance care planning at large is a matter of the heart.
- Tips for Starting End-of-Life Discussions with Your Grandparents by Susannah Berlow Binder
- Susannah Berlow Binder, a young woman, imparts wisdom in her piece that guides reader through the process of having meaningful conversations with their grandparents. She reminds us that when we intentionally plan these conversations, they can be incredibly rich.
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