How do Millennials/GenX compare to Boomers when it comes to End of Life Wishes

Legacy Foundry completed a survey of 50 people to understand what people have done to document and communicate their End of Life wishes.  Here are some of the key takeaways –

1. Boomers have lived through a parent passing, but most Millennials/GenX have not

Based on their age this makes sense but it helped reinforce that Boomers may be more prepared and willing to have tough conversations regarding planning for End of Life wishes than Millennials/GenX.

2. Most have talked about it but do not know all of the details

Both Boomers and Millennials/GenX have had some conversations with their parents and may know who the the healthcare proxy or medical durable power of attorney is, but there is a lot they don’t know.  Most did not know if their parents had a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order or if they had a living will.  They also had some ideas of when enough treatment was enough but there seemed to be a lot of gray area that they did not know about.

3. Both Boomers and Millennials/GenX wish that there was a better way communicate End of Life wishes

They used many tools ranging from internet forms, lawyers, phone calls, and word documents, but think that the whole process was hard and time consuming.   The most common reasons to start the process are a recent health scare or recent loss of relative.  There are still a lot of excuses like it is not a fun thing to talk about, there is no time, or we live far apart and don’t see each other that often.

At Legacy Foundry we agree that communicating End of Life wishes should be easier and that it is very important to do so we are here to help.  If you have any questions or want to learn more please send us an email at

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