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While they can be difficult conversations to navigate, early discussions about end-of-life care can help you and your ‘ohana navigate the stress that arises alongside health challenges.

It might seem like there is never a good time to bring up the topic, especially in the absence of major medical events. But it’s better to discuss your wishes well before times of crisis. Consider starting conversations at upcoming family gatherings; weaving discussions into the everyday lives of family and friends may reduce the stress of beginning to discuss your goals or wishes with your loved ones.

Here are three tips for conversations about end-of-life wishes:

The conversation should be around your wishes.
Research the differences between hospice, palliative care, in-home care, nursing home facilities and other care options to determine your goals for different stages of your end-of-life journey.
Write it down. Create a living document replete with details. Make these discussion points easily accessible to designated family members.

A power of attorney, advance care directive and an informed healthcare team can work together in concert to help achieve your goals.

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