With families spread out across the country, Thanksgiving is one of the few times when we get an opportunity to sit at the same table and talk about our lives.
We eat. We laugh. We share. We even fight.
But what we don’t do nearly enough is talk about how we intend to manage our affairs as we get older.
Will mom still be cooking a big turkey dinner in 10 years or will she be in a home? Will dad be playing with the grandkids or will he be gone?
These are uncomfortable questions. And some might think they are inappropriate to talk about at this time of year.
If not now, when?
As you sit back and recount what you are thankful for this year, maybe take some time to think about what will make everyone thankful in the future.
I’ve partnered with Lifecare Innovations and Elements, The Cremation Company to launch the #Thinksgiving campaign and open up the lines of communication within families and across generations.
I get people contacting me all the time after a sudden debilitating illness, or even a death, and they have absolutely no idea where to find all the information they need to get started.
Often mom or dad is too ill to help or they’ve already passed. If everything isn’t in order then it becomes a mad scramble at a time when the last thing anyone needs is more stress.
Unfortunately we seem hardwired not to want to talk about preparing for the inevitable. And it results in not only complex and expensive legal hassles – but incredible stress that short changes the grieving processes and causes unnecessary heartache.
This year we want everyone to have the difficult conversation.
This is why we’ve created a set of downloadable talking points to get the conversation started. along with a simple online Yes/No checklist to help you evaluate how prepared you are for the future.
When both tools are used, individuals and families, will have a good idea of where they are in the planning process – and understand what needs to be done to make sure future Thanksgivings are filled with fond remembrance and not misplaced blame and anger.
Spread the word! Share these images on your social media stream and let’s get the conversation started.