One conversation can make all the difference. Imagine what ten conversations could do.
Conversation starters – family and friends
Think about when and where you might talk to your family and friends – at a family gathering, over a meal or coffee, or during a walk.
Some tips to start conversations:
- “I want to talk with you about what is important to me. I want to make sure you understand and could honour my wishes.”
- “I want you to be prepared if you had make decisions on my behalf.”
- "Pastor Jones was talking about our choices for health care if something happened, and I realized that I haven’t told you about my wishes – we should talk about that."
- "That story about the family not agreeing about their mom’s care made me realize that we should talk so the same thing doesn’t happen to our family."
- “I think it’s really important all of the family understand my wishes.”
Conversation starters – with your doctor, or nurse practitioner
Think about what you know and what is likely ahead with your health.
Ask your doctor or nurse practitioner:
- “What health conditions do I have?
- “Which of my health conditions are easily treatable? Which are not?”
- “What are possible treatments and complications I may face in the future?”
- “What should I be doing to plan ahead?”
Facing a serious illness?
Tips on how to talk with the people that matter to you:
Tips on how to talk with your health care team: