Conversation Starters

Just about everyone needs help finding the words to talk to family and friends, doctors and caregivers, and their healthcare agent about their goals, preferences and priorities for emergency, critical, advanced illness, and end-of-life medical treatments, as well as their advance care plan and advance medical directives. Here are some ways to help start those conversations.

Talking to your Doctor

People trust their doctors. Your regular doctor most likely won’t be the one treating you if there is ever an emergency, but that doesn’t mean you can’t talk to your doctor right now about questions or concerns you may have.  The discussion guide has a list of questions that can help start your conversation about what kinds of treatments you might want if something were to happen to you.

Talking to your Family

You’re walking down the street, when – Boom! – you see two cars collide in a terrible accident.  You think to yourself, “I'm glad that’s not me!”  But – what if it were you?  Would the people closest to you know how you want to be treated? See the discussion guide for ideas on the kinds of questions you can talk about with your loved ones right now, before there is a crisis. Peace of mind. Think of it as a gift to your family – a gift to yourself.

Talking to your Healthcare Agent

You’ve chosen a healthcare agent, but does your healthcare agent know what your priorities are if something happens to you?  Does he or she know what kinds of treatments you would want?  If your healthcare agent doesn't have the answers to these questions, then he or she isn't going to be very effective.  Check out the discussion guide for more suggestions on what you might want to be talking about with your healthcare agents now, before there is an emergency.

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