October 31, 2015
Part of The Conversation Project
There are things we put off as long as possible. For some us, it’s tax preparation; for others, school projects; for introverts, showing up at a party with people you don’t know; for extroverts, spending time in meditation and solitude.
In this presentation, I talk about something that, according to research, most people avoid dealing with and talking about at all costs: their own death. Check out these stats from The Conversation Project:
- 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important. 27% have actually done so. Source: The Conversation Project, National Survey (2013)
- 60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important. 56% have not communicated their end-of life wishes. Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)
- 80% of people say that if seriously ill, they would want to talk to their doctor about wishes for medical treatment toward the end of their life. 7% report having had this conversation with their doctor. Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)
- 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing. 23% have actually done it. Source: Survey of Californians by the California HealthCare Foundation (2012)
One of the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones is to make clear decisions and put in writing what you want to happen when you are facing terminal illness or emergency situations and what you want done when you die. It makes a world of difference to those you leave behind.
To start planning for your own death, here are some resources that might help:
- Conversation Starter Kit
- How to Talk to Your Doctor
- Pediatric Starter Kit
- Advance Care Planning Resources