In 2005, I was on the TODAY show to discuss my now 0ut-of-print book, The Hard Questions for Adults and Their Aging Parents. For some reason, they just featured it on their site today and someone sent me the link, so I’m sharing it with you.
In the last few weeks, I’ve come across some articles (here in USA Today and here on CNN.com) about the necessity and difficulty of talking about death and dying with your parents (and/or your children). My parents have been kind enough to have such discussions with me and my siblings–about their wishes, fears, plans, hopes–from both practical and emotional standpoints. There is no question that entering into such a conversation is one of the bravest and kindest things a family can do together. My book captures such questions and offers suggestions for how to enter into this extremely difficult (and rewarding, moving, confusing, sad, loving) dialogue.
If you want to check out the book, you can find used copies on Amazon and the like, and you can also purchase a new copy from me. If you’d like me to inscribe it in any way, just let me know. I admire any and everyone who is willing to open up to this topic, even just a little bit.