It’s because I love you…
"We can’t plan for everything. But we can talk about what is most important — in our life, and in our health care — with those who matter most." The Conversation Project
The Conversation Project (https://theconversationproject.org/) helps people talk about their wishes for care through the end of life (advanced directives), so those wishes can be understood and respected. The offer guides, conversations starter tips and more to help you start a conversation (and keep talking) so you can have a say in your health care — today and tomorrow.
This week the Conversation Project shared a poem by Susan Ruddy-Maysonet (@susanruddymaysonet), a nurse from Mayo Clinic, that I would like to re-post here with permission. "It's because I love you" is a wonderful reminder of why these conversations are important and that love and caring are the reason why we should talk.
IT'S BECAUSE I LOVE YOU…
By Susan E. Ruddy-Maysonet RN MSN,
It’s because I love you that I want u to know just how much in the event I am no longer able to speak the words ” I love you”.
It’s because I love you and you have been everything to me, and know me, at times better than I know myself.
It’s because I love you that I can’t think of anyone else to give this most precious, but challenging gift to.
It’s because I love you that I am asking you to hold me tight when possible, as your hugs will remind me how much I am loved.
It’s because I love you that you will sense my heart and arms wrapped around you in return.
It’s because I love you that you will feel God’s strength and love, as I would have asked HIM to help you make difficult choices on my behalf and reassure you that no one can do this task better.
It’s because I love you and am most confident that you will be able to help all those near and dear to me understand the choices I have made, including you to be my voice, in the event I didn’t have the chance to tell them myself.
It’s because I love you that we need to take time out of our busy lives today to talk about this tomorrow we hope will never come.
It’s because I love you that I want you to be prepared in case it does.