For many, November and December are times to enjoy happy family gatherings, not times to broach somber topics. Now that the holiday season is winding down, it might be a good time to think about having those serious discussions you've been putting off.
The Conversation Project, a public education campaign started by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, has one goal: make it easier for families to talk about end-of-life issues.
The organization's website (theconversationproject.org) offers guidance on how to start the conversation, whether you are a senior who wants to ensure your wishes are followed or an adult child who wants to do what's best for your parent.
To help you get the discussion started, download the "Let's Talk" booklet at n4a.org/pdf/Conversations.pdf.