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Conversations of a Lifetime™

Conversations of a LifetimeDiscussing what you want for the end of life is one of the most difficult and one of the most important conversations you will ever have. If you are the subject of the conversation, expressing your end-of-life wishes will be an opportunity to exercise some control over your last months and days. At the same time, you will be giving a final gift to your loved ones by making decisions in advance, thereby easing their burden. If you are the caregiver, you will be making a commitment to your loved one to carry out their wishes, as a final gesture of appreciation to them for a lifetime together. While we may understand the importance of this conversation, people find discussing end-of-life to be an emotional, intimidating and perhaps frightening experience.

At Hospice of Hamilton, we’ve spent 35 years helping thousands of families have open and honest conversations about end-of-life. This page contains some of the lessons and tips we have learned to ease that conversation. Here are a few recent videos about The Conversation.

Hospice of Cincinnati on WCPO
How To Know What To Do
  The Conversation: A Family's Private Decision
Local Cincinnatian's Decision
  The Conversation: Watch It In Action
Watch It In Action
The Conversation: Opening Up About Death
Opening Up About Death
  Hospice of Cincinnati on WCPO
Our CEO's Perspective
  What is The Conversation Project?
Our Medical Director's Thoughts
For a quick jump to different topics discussed on this page, please click on any of the links below:

If you need more help, please call us at 513-792-6900 to talk to a nurse consultant regarding your situation and circumstance.

 Finding the Time.

Many people feel they want to have the conversation, but the time never seems right. Sometimes it helps to take advantage of situations that occur, using them as an entry point for the conversations. Here are a few examples.

 How Often Should We Have the Conversation?

Many families find their individual comfort levels with the frequency for discussing the end of life. It could be a very in-depth conversation. Or it could be a topic that you revisit frequently in a series of smaller talks. One good rule of thumb called “The Five Ds” is used by many families. The rule is to revisit the topic when any of the following occur:

 Conversation Starter Kit from TheConversationProject.org.
TheConversationProject.org is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. For more information, click here to download their excellent Conversation Starter Kit.
The Conversation Project
 Helpful Administrative Worksheets from GoodEndOfLife.com.

This website is intentionally simple. It is designed to help you think about planning your end of life.
It focuses on the qualitative aspects of your experience. If you are looking for help with the administrative tasks involved in end of life planning, please check out GoodEndOfLife.com.