Although people often refer to this as “end-of-life planning,” I like to take a far more positive and proactive approach and call it “life planning.” This is not about dying, but about how you will live out your last days, on your terms, and in a way that gives your family the gift of not having to make decisions for you without knowledge of what you really want.
If you don’t designate the person you want to make your health-care decisions, someone else will be chosen for you who may not know your wishes. If you don’t share your desires, your health care providers will do whatever they have to do to keep you alive, at any cost. If you don’t share how and where you want to be cared for in your final days, your family is left wondering what is best for you and at what cost. Instead of leaving your family or friends with hard decisions, how much easier (and better) it is to have the hard conversations.