Advance Directives: Why You Should Put Your Wish (cont.)
Unfortunately, in our country, only 20% of Americans currently have advanced directives, which leaves many of us extremely vulnerable should we encounter a life-threatening illness. Don't wait.
If you ask people why they don't do it, one of the main responses is, "I'm not old enough." The reality is that an accident may happen this afternoon and you will not have the opportunity to do it. The second response is often we just don't want to think about or talk about death or dying. But I think it's important for all of us to challenge that fear and begin to discuss that with our spouses, parents, and our children, so it can be a topic that we can freely discuss and communicate our wishes openly.
Thank you and I encourage all of you to act on this immediately and soon, for your own benefit and for your loved ones.
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