Most of us take time to think about important matters that have permanent consequences. There seems to be one common exception to this truth. That exception applies to the topic of life or death issues.
In our American culture, we find it easy to talk about birth, i.e., the plans in preparation for the baby’s arrival, if the birth will be natural or by C-section and what to name the baby. However, we aren’t as quick to discuss plans of preparing for our departure.
I had the good fortune of listening to Jan Buchholz, RN, director of Stein Hospice, speak a few years ago, and she said something so true … “None of us are going to get out of here alive” (“Here” meaning Earth.)
As sure as we are born, we, too, are going to die. Yet this discussion is avoided like the plague. We are more comfortable discussing the issue of constipation than we are death. Why? Because it’s a difficult conversation to have with someone we love, and most of us don’t know how to begin this discussion.
It’s not pleasant to think about having an incurable illness/condition that makes one live in physical discomfort or in a vegetative state. But you owe it to yourself, and those who love you, to make your wishes known should this be your fate.
If this is a conversation you know you should have but don’t know how to have it, please attend “Consider The Conversation” at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Sandusky State Theatre. This is a thought-provoking documentary on end-of-life conversations and care, presented by Stein Hospice and Groff Funeral Homes. Following the film the audience is invited to stay for a discussion panel of care professionals, who will respond to issues presented in the film.
Reservations are appreciated for planning purposes. Reserve your seat by calling Stein Hospice at 419-625-5269 or 800-625-5269.