None were so hard as the one I had with my own mother, so I understand why the conversation is delayed.I am a social worker by training, but work as a community liaison/educator for a near-by hospice. During my past 12 years working with hospice or in LTC ( long term care), I have been privileged to have these kinds of conversations with hundreds of people. None were so hard as the one I had with my own mother, so I understand why the conversation is delayed. I start by explaining how important it is to discuss your wishes, and put them in writing, so that in a time of crisis, attention can be spent on honoring your wishes, and being with you, instead of having to navigate a system full of options, many which are costly futile.
It is my great pleasure in life to help start this conversation, on the ground level. Nothing could please me more than to have the national attention of ABC News focusing on such an important issue. Thank you.