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CHAPTER 1


Unfortunately, such a scenario is out of reach for many families. In my experience, later life often does not have as much joy, ease or fulfilment as it could have. Why? It’s because many families are afraid to have conversations that may be charged with uncomfortable feelings such as sadness, anger, uncertainty or guilt. But we all need to talk about topics that are difficult to raise.


Here are six tips to help you and your family talk directly and sensitively about things that matter to you all.


1. Do your prep


It requires courage to have a tricky conversation and risk dealing with the emotional fallout. So think about who you need to talk with first. Maybe you need to call a care provider or a retirement development to check what services they provide before you discuss with your parent the possibility of them leaving their home. Being thoughtful about the sequence at the outset can save time and heartache -- on both sides.


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