Talking to a Loved One

Where Do I Start?

Begin the Conversation

It is hard to bring up the topic of end of life with someone you love. But by having the discussion early, you will give one another the chance to choose the path that will have the most positive impact on quality of life. And have the opportunity to resolve personal issues and appreciate special moments. This helpful website created by families who experienced end of life issues may help you and your loved ones get the conversation started.

Here are some questions to use as a guide to conversations about end-of-life wishes and care:

  • Thinking about your death, what do you value most about your life?
  • If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, would you want to pursue every possible cure?
  • Do you imagine wanting to stop curative efforts if they were unsuccessful?
  • Do you want to die at home?
  • How do you feel about an extended hospitalization?
  • How much pain is acceptable to you?
  • Do you want to be with your family when you die?
  • What decisions regarding care do you want to entrust to others?
  • What do you hope for most regarding your death or the death of a loved one?
Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 90 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.