Red Flag for Family Meeting # 9 Siblings Facing Parental End of Life Issues – Physicians or other professionals have informed the family that they must find end of life services for a dying parent. The midlife siblings are frozen in fear or fragmented and unable to move forward as a team.
SiSiblings Alerted to Early -Parent Care Issues – One or more middle-aged siblings may see subtle changes in an aging parent. These slight but worrisome changes, they believe, may be a harbinger of future mishaps, like a fall, that may harm an aging parent.
Red Flags That Show a Sibling Family Meeting is Needed
1. Sibling Communication Problems – One or more brothers or sisters realize that his or her siblings have difficulty in communicating. They would like to change that behavior and work to become a more friendly, loving team in midlife and through the second half of their life.
What might trigger an adult- child family meeting ?
A parental care crisis, forcing midlife brothers and sisters to instantly reunite —can pull the trigger . Sometimes this plays out in the emergency room of a hospital. The key objective is to form a team, which the siblings may or may not have done since they childhood. .
In the case of a family crisis, the meeting can help adult children and other family members pool their ideas and resources toward a common goal. Determining the goal may lead to developing an itemized list of tasks and objectives as well as a schedule to help family members share the burden of looming or immediate family tasks.