In 1621, Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast. This is generally acknowledged as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies (although Native American groups are believed to have organized harvest festivals and other celebrations of thanks centuries before the arrival of Europeans). And while days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states in the years that followed, it was not until 1863 that President Lincoln formally proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be held on the last Thursday in November.

            For many Americans today, Thanksgiving is a time to put aside worries about work and calories, try to make the best of having to watch the Detroit Lions attempt yet again to play professional football, and focus on what matters most in life: FAMILY.

            At Cramer Law Center, P.L., we would like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving. And, because we are estate planning attorneys who care about you and your family, we can’t help but use this opportunity to remind you of something important:  Thanksgiving, with the family gathered round, is an ideal time for everyone to talk with each other about their healthcare wishes.  We know that having this conversation may be difficult, but it is truly necessary. 

            By explaining your feelings to your loved ones, you spare them the stress and pain of having to make such decisions on their own, without the benefit of your insight.  In effect, sharing your feelings, goals and wishes in advance, as best you can, is a way for you to show your love for your family and concern over their emotional well-being.  

            So now you’re convinced, but you don’t know how you’d begin the conversation?  You can always blame it on us.  (“My attorney really wants me to talk with you about this …”)  We’re happy to take the rap.

            We hope that this Thanksgiving is one of the best ever for you and the rest of your family.  And if you want to speak to those closest to you about your healthcare wishes but want a different way to start, we can show you other ways to begin the conversation.  Chances are, you will find that it is not as difficult as you imagine, and will actually draw your family closer together.

            Be safe and have a wonderful holiday!

                                    Jeff, Melinda, and Val

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