How To Talk To Your Loved Ones About Your Final Wishes

By: Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home
Thursday, June 28, 2018

Talking to loved ones about death and final wishes is never easy and most people struggle to determine where to begin. At Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home, we believe the anxiety of starting this discussion can make the situation even more difficult. Here are some tips that can help you handle this discussion smoothly and convey your wishes in a clear manner:

1. Make a List of What You Want to Discuss

Creating a list of what you want to discuss will help keep the conversation on the right track, which can be difficult when sentiments and grief are involved. Arguments and disagreements can happen. They can sidetrack the conversation and delay things so it’s a good idea to keep a list.

2. Gather Everyone in a Comfortable Location

It’s very stressful to carry out repeated end-of-life conversations with different people at different times. We recommend arranging a single meeting at your home or a place where you can have privacy and everyone can be comfortable. Invite everyone you consider important to this meeting so you only have to discuss things once.

3. Convey Your Wishes Clearly and Firmly

Family members and friends will have their opinions about your wishes. Some might even try to persuade you to take a different path. Listen to their opinions and suggestions but stay firm in your position. It’s important to ensure they accept your wishes by the end of the meeting. Sometimes family members can point out things you hadn’t considered before and help you come up with a better plan.

If you want to know about end-of-life conversations or want to arrange a funeral, contact us at Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home. You can call us at (928) 855-4949 or (928) 753-2555 or use this form to contact us.

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