Icebreaker tips to start your conversation

Here are some ways you could break the ice and start your Advance Care Planning conversation:

“I need your help with something.”

“Remember how Aunty Edna died in the hospital with all of those life-support systems. I was wondering what you thought about that?”

“I was thinking about what happened to Uncle Kimo, and it got me thinking about my own death…”

“Even though I’m okay right now, I’m concerned about the future and I want to be prepared, so that you will have an easier time making decisions for me when the time comes for that.”

“I need to think about the future. Will you help me?”

“I just answered some questions about how I want the end of my life to be. I want you to see my answers. And I’m wondering what your answers would be.”