Over the years of working as a nurse and as an advocate for my own family and friends, I’ve learned that conversations are critical.
- Conversations with loved ones.
- Conversations between loved ones.
- Conversations with those on the healthcare team: doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains.
As a result, I’ve sought out tools that help others understand the importance of the conversation, how to have the difficult but important conversations that will determine their future, and how to get it in writing. Here are my favorite advance care planning tools and process:
- Consider the Conversation: A Documentary on a Taboo Subject – for anyone to learn about the importance of the conversation
- The Conversation Project – Workbooks for end-of-life planning with your family and healthcare provider.
- Followed by completing your state’s Advance Directive Form. WI Updated Advance Directive
- Five Wishes – Far more specific, this is a legal AD in 42 states including WI
There are many more options out there, and every conversation, individual and family is unique, so I welcome your comments and experiences.