"One day, you will wake up and there won't be any more time to do the things you've always wanted.Do it now." - Paulo Coelho
Death is not an easy subject to start talking about but we should all start the conversations now because we do not know what tomorrow will bring us.
I started my Social work career six years ago but It was not until four years ago when I realized the importance of Advance Directives. I come from a large Latino family, very united and always willing to help. My grandfather was the patriarch of the family, someone who we could always count on. Just like many other Latino families, death is a subject that we did not talk about. It was only when my grandfather was on his death bed, that we all began to question what he wanted. It was too late; he was no longer able to communicate his wishes. When the doctor asked for a family meeting to make decisions that's when we realized that we were all divided. My grandfather had not done and advance directives so it was up to my grandmother to make a decision for him. This caused a lot of stress for her because she wanted to do what she thought my grandfather might have wanted but she also did not want to upset all of her grandchildren and children. My grandmother still, to this day, wonders if she made the right decision, she still questions the “what ifs....”
Ana graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Social Work. She is a social worker with Hospice of the West.