Last winter, as I celebrated the holidays with family, I was grateful for something a bit unusual... a family that is familiar with my wishes regarding end-of-life care.
I recently completed the Five Wishes document, which gives us each an opportunity to think about and write down what we want if we are in a position where we face a life-limiting illness or injury and cannot speak for ourselves. The other important factor is to then take it a step further and talk about what we want with our loved ones.
I'm teaching a course about end-of-life care, and insisted that all of the faculty complete the forms before we asked others to do it.
Insiting people satrted with themselves meant I had to finally bite the bullet and think about this myself.