These past months have brought so many changes to our world as we knew it. Many have lost loved ones to COVID; losing someone to such a disease makes one cherish life and relationships even more, as the fragility of life has been brought to the forefront for all of us.
This time also offers the opportunity to reflect on one’s final wishes and to be sure your loved ones know how you would like to be cared for if you become seriously ill, no matter the cause. It is a gift to your family to have these decisions made in writing. I remember all-too-clearly when my mother was dying that she was dehydrated and hospice offered to have her transported to their inpatient unit, give her IV fluids and then have her taken back to her apartment. Luckily, she had put in her Living Will that she didn’t want those types of measures. It saved all five of us from having to guess and second-guess what she might want…and not feel guilty. Truly she took care of us all the way to the end of her life.
On Wednesday, April 28 at 11 am will be a Zoom presentation of the 5 Wishes document, and funeral traditions at St. Luke’s will also be discussed. The 5 Wishes covers not only whether or not one wants to be resuscitated, but also how one wants to be cared for in their last days..some might want soft music playing, some might want people reading to them, some might want to have lotion applied…and some might
not. This is an opportunity to let loved ones know what is important to you, and relieves them of having to guess what you’d like if you’re unable to communicate your wishes.
Here is the information to log in after going to zoom.us:
Meeting ID: 865 9495 7969