Consider this your official invitation to join me for a very important Twitter Chat tonight, November 12 at 8pm, as I bring to light the important topic of Advance Directives through The Gift Initiative of Alive Hospice.
The Gift Initiative (#TheGiftInitiative) of Alive Hospice is launching a public awareness campaign this holiday season designed to help educate people about the importance of advance directives.
I honestly did not know very much at all about Hospice care and Advance Directives until we walked through a difficult 10 week journey with my father-in-law last summer (read about Dad Cone’s fight with glioblastoma & the impact on our family).
Let me assure you, the last thing we wanted to be doing after learning he had just weeks to live was spending time discussing his end-of-life care.
That’s why I’m joining the campaign with Alive Hospice to challenge others like me to have these conversations and make these decisions while we’re still (relatively) young and healthy.
Naturally, you may be wondering, “Why do this during the holiday season?”
The people at The Gift Initiative say there is no better gift to give the people you love – or yourself – than filling out an advance directive form and having the conversation with those you love about your end-of-life care preferences. The “gift of conversation” gives you the power to protect the people you love by letting them know what you would want.
If I’ve peaked your curiosity at all, won’t you consider joining me at 8pm CST tonight (November 12, 2013) for a LIVE Twitter Chat with Alive Hospice? Make sure to follow me on Twitter, as well as the hashtag #TheGiftInitiative, to join in the conversation and learn more about The Gift Initiative.
If you want to get a head start on your Advance Planning, there are free resources at TheGiftInitiative.org.
Exercise your right to make choices regarding end-of-life care: take the time to talk with your physician, family and those close to you about your preferences for care while you are still well.