If you’ve already made your decisions and documented them (high five!), your next step may be to help your loved ones do the same. Again, focusing on the practical is a good way to ease into it, especially with folks who may initially feel that talking about death is uncomfortable, frightening, and morbid. Attending a Death Café together (deathcafe.com) is another great way to begin the conversation.
Remember, talking about death doesn’t bring it closer or cause us to die sooner; talking about death is instead one of the best ways to engage in living. Accepting that we will die one day helps us to deeply understand that our lives are finite. Everyone alive has a sell-by date, so let’s embrace this life and those we love while we can!