November is Talk of a Lifetime month. What does it mean really? Why is this talk important? What are parts of the talk? Who should have this talk?
The main reason this talk is helpful is because you’ll gain insight of what truly matters to your loved one. It can be anyone that you feel especially close to. It can be your parents, your friend, your child, or your more distant relatives. When you ask them about some of the pivotal moments in their lives, you will discover what their special memories are, and what events have shaped their values.
These conversations can help families gain important insights they can use to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones when the time comes. We can’t assume that we all live until 90+. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and we need the information gleaned from these conversations to help us with funeral planning when we least expect it.
The Talk of a Lifetime Organization recommends including some of these questions:
· What is your proudest achievement?
· What was the one piece of advice you received from your parents or grandparents that you never forgot?
· Tell me about the most memorable summer you had growing up.
· Tell me about your favorite teacher; what did you learn from him or her?
· If you could spend a day doing anything you like, what would it be?
· Who has been your greatest inspiration?
This November, especially around family time, maybe at the Thanksgiving table, take some time to get to know your family a little better with a mission in mind.