Three Steps To Creating Life-Giving Conversations With Family and Friends

For many older adults, important life conversations with family or friends are assumed to be hard and disheartening, which easily results in their being put off. Unfortunately, the opportunity can then become too late.

Through a specific, clear process, I coach and facilitate creation of content that centers on planning how to navigate the conversations with family about the older adult years and the wishes and provisions for how an individual transitions at the end of life.


There are two focused outcomes:

  • Older adults succeed in designing an intentional, distinct communication plan that honors their decisions. It also helps them consider ways to tailor the conversation with individual family members without changing the context and content.
  • When family gathers, choices are shared with clarity and in a spirit of love and grace.


The optimal time for these conversations to take place is when older parents are in good health and have the ability to clearly articulate their wishes. When possible, I also encourage adult children to be proactive in their request for conversations with their parents.


My three forms of presentation, which can be mixed and matched, are:

60 – 90 minute speaking engagements

I introduce an easily understood process that transforms the oft-assumed perspective of “difficult conversations” to a mindset of “life-giving conversations” that alleviate decisions being made under duress.

Presentation time can be adapted as requested.

Three-hour hands-on seminar to begin to create and write an action plan

Participants begin to design intentional conversations tailored to their individual families. Based on interest, this can be continued in a second session.

Coaching individual families through the process and conversations

I work with older adults to prepare for engaging in conversations that honor each member’s personality and perspective while not becoming engaged in compromise. Individual coaching may be a one time session or ongoing.

While specifically targeted to the elder years, I would be honored to entertain tailored presentations around other topics.

Contact me to begin your journey to imagine, align, design...and thrive!

-complimentary initial 30 minute consultation -


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