Planning for Peace

What do you do when a loved one shows signs of being unable to safely drive? Or adequately cook for himself? Or properly care for herself? The health and safety of aging family members, along with questions about residential options, caregiving responsibility, medical treatment options, estate issues, and financial decisions may prove a challenge even for families with healthy communication styles.

Fearful of facing difficult conversations, many families delay “the talk.” Then, unresolved family issues of decades gone-by may rear themselves. 

What if your family starts the conversation now?   

What if everyone knows when the driver’s license will be let go, and how transportation will be managed after that? Under what circumstances will there be a transition to a relative’s home, assisted living or another care facility? Who will oversee finances when an elder family member needs help? Who will assist with medical decisions and appointments?

When these conversations occur earlier on, they may still be challenging. Yet, the aging family member will gain decision-making ability, and everyone will be clear about the wishes of the person most affected. This may allow for a more peaceful transition into aging for everyone involved. 

Mediation supports these important conversations by providing a safe space where you may speak your truth, be heard, and create ideas for resolution. 

A civil and family mediator, peace builder, and educator, Sherry Ann Bruckner lives in Alexandria, Minnesota. Visit brucknermediation.com/services to learn more or call Sherry at (320) 808-3212 for help to transform conflict and create peace.

As always, be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.