In my book, Healthcare Handbook for Seniors and Their Families, I encourage Seniors to talk about their wishes when they are dying. I also encourage people to spend time with individuals who are dying. Everyone is so afraid that they will say the wrong thing. I have found that if you let them set the conversation, they will bring up the subject of their death, if they feel the need and sense that you are open to discussing the subject. One of the greatest fears of those who are dying is the fear of being isolated.
Reminiscence is a handy method that can be used. It helps them to review and evaluate their lives. The use of old photo albums can facilitate the process.
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