I wrote my first Health Directive when I was forty years old. It felt uncomfortable. Now it feels so routine when I update my Health Directive because I’ve exercised the muscle of learning about end of life choices. I acknowledge that death is a certainty and an extension of life.
Maybe someday everyone will fill out a basic Health Directive when they get their driver’s license. Once we turn eighteen years old, if we don’t have a Health Directive, we turn our power over to the medical profession to make decisions for us. By talking about our values and wants with loved ones we can pave the path to a more conscious way of dying.
The conversation project is also a great resource for discussing end of life choices.