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Merrimack Valley

December 9, 2013

Q&A: Few people talk about their end-of-life wishes

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The holidays are a time when families are often gathered together, this is not to say the subject should be introduced at the dinner table. You are the only one who can determine if this is appropriate in your situation. If not during the next few weeks decide when you can pull everyone together. One suggestion in breaking the ice is to say “I need to think about the future...will you help me?” One conversation may not accomplish your goals, this may have to take place over a period of time. Do not underestimate how difficult this may be for your family to hear but that isn’t a reason to avoid the topic.

Do you have a question? Direct correspondence to ro@esmv.org or Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. 360 Merrimack Street B#5, Lawrence, MA 01843. Rosanne DiStefano is the Executive Director of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. For additional information or to schedule an appointment call 1-800-892-0890.

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