Talking about Advanced Directives

Many people get to the point of being ready to put together advanced directives but are unsure of how to talk to their family members about the matter. If you are in this situation, or if you are afraid that your loved ones will not be supportive of your wishes, it may help to speak with an attorney who has experience with advanced directives and living wills.

Tips for Family Discussions

When discussing sensitive topics with your family, such as advanced directives, it is best if you choose a time and place that will put most people at ease. Other tips you should keep in mind include:

  • Present your information in the least controversial way possible.
  • Use “I” statements to explain why you’ve made the decisions you have, rather than putting down any particular ideas or people.
  • It’s OK to use some light humor. Most people get somewhat nervous thinking about something bad happening to a loved one.
  • Be understanding and reassuring of the worries of others, but still be firm about your beliefs and needs.

Remember, these decisions affect what your end-of-life care will be like. No one can make these calls but you. It’s important that everyone put together their wishes for end-of-life care into legally binding advanced directives, but this is especially true if family members have strong feelings in opposition to your own about end-of-life care.

Contact Us

Making plans for your end-of-life care can involve a lot of deeply personal decisions. The sensitive nature of these decisions means that sometimes people may disagree strongly, even those who care about each other. Working with the experienced Houston living will lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., can help ease your worries at this time. Call us today at 800-242-2151 to discuss your situation.

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