Stress Tsunami

By definition, depending on the resource used, a tsunami is also called a tidal wave or seismic sea wave. No matter how you define it, history has taught us again and again of the enormous devastation and loss these events can bring to coastal regions across the world. Millions of dollars have been spent on ongoing research into early warning systems and evacuation planning to help eliminate the costly destruction to lives and property from this and other natural forces of nature.

Preparation is the key to success in most every situation we can encounter in our lives. Musicians and actors rehearse for shows, politicians delegate supporters to plan rallies and take polls, spiritual leaders pray and meditate to appear before groups to deliver their messages, athletes exercise and study opposition gameplay of archived footage, all in hopes of having that critical edge to deliver the perfect performance on stage, platform, pulpit or field. As well as soldiers, doctors, volunteers, and students across the world, the idea is of a similar nature. We have a better chance to win, survive or learn if we take the time to prepare.

Would the same benefit from ongoing preparation not also help to lessen the possible stress of death for us as well?  In fact, death is the one event in our lives we all have a front row seat for. We don’t all have an equal amount of time for planning as one would for a game, speech, lecture or appointment. And disasters do not always have equal warning. Yet we spend countless hours planning for these things. Very few people really plan for their death. Unless we are diagnosed with a chronic or slow progression of disease, most of us go along day to day with no regard to the eventual deadline we are given. Satisfied to concern ourselves with letting others deal with things after we cannot. For myself, I would not want my wife, sons or family to needlessly struggle with the wave of stress of making choices for me that I can make now.

Caring Choices supports and encourages conversations for like-minded people who also feel the burden of care may fall unwanted onto family, friends, or others in situations where gradual or sudden loss of independence necessitates. If you have ever known someone or directly been affected by the inevitable responsibilities that befall the recipient of a “Stress Tsunami” than possibly you may understand the importance of advanced planning. If you have not, but would like to better prepare for the future to decrease the stress of decision making on your family and loved ones, please contact us.

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