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. 

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner

Sherry Ann Bruckner, JD, enjoys helping you bridge the gap from where you are to where you wish to be. An attorney, mediator, coach, speaker, and trainer, she strongly believes in the transformational power of clarity, compassion, curiosity, and cribbage.

Sherry Ann invites and encourages you to consider your own level of peace. Inner peace creates outer peace and personal peace leads to world peace. You may find her enjoying a game or hiking a state park. Sherry Ann lives near Alexandria, Minnesota. Visit to learn more or give her a call at (320) 808-3212.
Sherry Ann Bruckner

Be gentle with you. Be gentle with all. Be the peace.