Difficult Conversations Workbook

Chapter 8: Courage to Talk About A Tough Subject

For many people death and dying is the most difficult subject to face and the hardest to talk about openly. And yet, if unspoken, how can we ensure that our wishes and healthcare choices—whatever they may be—will be respected? Who opens the conversation and when?

“I don’t think it’s ever going to stop being hard to talk about somebody dying,” says Laura.

Rich admits, “I worry about how long I really have.”

“I worry more about death,” says Fritz and quickly corrects himself, “I got it wrong, I worry more about dying than death.”

Ask yourself:
What worries me most about dying?
When I think about dying I worry about...
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