There are not many things that we can predict with any certainty when it comes to medical crises or the end of life, except maybe for the fact that we do not want to talk about it. Despite our many significant advances in the areas of life sciences and technology it is still very hard (near impossible) to predict who will get certain diseases and who won’t; who will suffer from acute trauma and who won’t; who will recover well and who won’t. But there is one thing that research is very clear on: we do not talk about these things, even with our closest loved ones, and even though preparing for unfortunate circumstances means better outcomes for everyone.

Preparation leads to less stress when the times comes, less guess work for families and ensuring your wishes are met. Talking about death and critical medical care is a lot like ripping off a band-aid. The idea of it is far worse than the actual experience. When people start talking about these things, what they usually find is that they end up talking about life a lot more than death. No one wants to talk about the grisly details of acute medical interventions or the experience of long-term treatment or recovery, but when people have conversations about future medical possibilities they end up talking about how they want to live their best life. Death talk leads to life talk, which is not only a much nicer thing to talk about, it is also much more useful. Talking to your loved ones about how you want to live leads to clearer decisions about medical interventions and what YOU may want. It all starts with one conversation…

Does talking about medical crises and the end of life make you anxious or feel uncomfortable?

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