Death & Mourning Doula and doula trainer Laura Saba answers listener questions about what they can do when loved ones hesitate to talk about end-of-life or funeral and disposition topics with them.
It's incredibly useful to talk about our end-of-life wishes with loved ones, for our own peace of mind, and to help them better navigate life when you arrive there together. If we want to ensure that loved ones are protected, prepared, and able to navigate life after we are gone, these conversations are incredibly important - so what do we do if a loved one isn't open to talking?
In this episode, Laura addresses some ways in which to at least begin the conversation, ways in which to explore what your loved ones' wishes are if they won't open up to you, what you can do to take care of some elements on your own if you meet total resistance, and some of the reasons why someone may not want to have that conversation.
It's important to remember that Laura is not a psychologist or lawyer, and none of this should be considered as legal or therapeutic advice - definitely seek appropriate support when the situation calls for it. Laura is sharing here some of the ways in which she's seen people handle this topic IF IT ISN'T URGENT THAT THINGS ARE ADDRESSED. Nor is she dismissing the need to have such discussions - when she suggests certain things be given time and space, it is to be understood that this is when the situation is appropriate to do so; do not accept this as a replacement for therapeutic or legal advice.
It is hoped you find value in this podcast. Enjoy!