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  • Karen McPhail, RN, BSN, MSN, CCM, CDP

Gift it Now and Create a Positive Lasting Memory!

As a care manager I work with dozens of families each day - helping others to successfully navigate past challenging care situations in a positive way. In speaking recently with one of my of my clients about long term care planning we were discussing an inventory list of items she planned to gift after passing. I asked her if she was using many of the items and she simply shrugged and stated no really. I then inquired gently-why not gift them now? She initially reacted with concern and looked puzzled - then after I explained more she relaxed, became somewhat excited, and understood my reasoning!

Let me explain more...

I am all about creating positive moments and memories and believe that any time that we have an opportunity to do so we should. Life for me is about living and enjoying the special moments when possible. Accordingly, why not then take those special items that you are not using, wrap them up, and gift them for birthdays, Hanukkah, Christmas, etc? By doing this you are truly giving a gift to a loved one and to yourself as you can see your family and friends enjoying and using these items! You are also showing compassion and helping them to equate the gift with a happy thought rather than something linked potentially to grief and loss later. You are creating a lasting, long term positive impression. For me there is no better gift! Happy Holidays! ❄️

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