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How do I talk to my family about my death?

I'm 90, I won't live forever. I'd like to let my family know my wishes but everytime I start to talk about it all I get is false platitudes and subject changes.
Status: Open    Mar 02, 2015 - 06:22 AM

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Mar 20, 2015 - 12:02 PM

If you haven’t already tried it, you might ask for a more formal, sit down, family meeting. That may give the message that you are serious and need to talk.

If that doesn’t work, put your wishes in writing and give everyone a copy. At least, that way you have made the information available to them.

I wish you luck. I realize it can be frustrating when you have trouble getting someone to listen to you.


Apr 03, 2015 - 06:29 AM

I agree with Karen Monk especially a letter. I would contact those you want to be involved and only them to avoid distraction. Maybe pick a date and time, and explain why this is important. Be firm and if someone can't make it' ask them when is good. Have the letters ready, have them read it offering to answer any questions. I would also keep a copy with your will. Good luck
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