How to start?

You may wish to introduce the subject directly and explain what you want to discuss, why it is important and what you want from the conversation.  Alternatively, you may want to look out for cues (for example: news articles, TV shows, books and films, family occasions, experiences of others, financial matters).  Some people find it impossible to talk about end of life issues and in this case you may need to find other people that you can to talk to. 

How you approach the discussion depends on the relationship you have with each other.   As well as thinking about what you want, it may help to consider how they might react and your possible responses.  Also consider those people who may feel they should be involved (whether or not you wish them to be) and how best to communicate with them and when. 



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