When your loved one is facing the end of their life, there are some conversations that need to happen. The AARP recently came out with a great article about how to talk with your loved one about end of life issues, offering suggestions about questions to ask, as well as the legal back up to make sure that wishes are met.
In addition, there are conversations about the end of life that your loved one will want to have.
Our seniors each have their own personal history, filled with anecdotes, stories, proud moments, and lessons learned. When they are facing the end of their life, a valuable gift that you can give to your loved one is the chance to relive some of their favorite memories. To draw those memories out of them, and remind them of a more carefree time, you can ask questions like:
* Who influenced you most in your life? What did they do or say that guided you?
* What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
* When was your favorite vacation? Where did you go, who were you with, and what did you do?
* What games did you play when you were a child? How did you create your own fun?
* What did you like to do when you were in your twenties?
There is nothing more valuable, though, then sharing some of your favorite memories of them, reminding them about the fun you've shared, the lessons they've taught you, and the legacy that they're leaving. Listening to the stories that you tell can take them back to a time in their life less frequently visited in their minds.