What are some enjoyable questions to ask a dying parent or loved one?

Answer: Perhaps your parent or loved one might enjoy answering these questions:

  1. What were the best bits you remember of your life?
  2. What were your proudest moments?
  3. Is there any unfinished business or messages to pass on to others?
  4. Find lots of photos of her or him, especially old photos, go through them together and ask,  “Which are your favourite photos,and why?” Ask lots of questons about what’s happening in the photos.
  5. Is there any advice you’d like to give me?
  6. What were the happiest moments of your life?
  7. What are some of the funniest moments of your life?
  8. Is there any experience you regret not having?What are some of the most embarrassing moments?
  9. How did you and Dad (or Mum or loved one’s spouse), meet?
  10. Why did your parents give you your name?
  11. Who were your best friends in school?
  12. What  was your Mum like when you were growing up? What sort of things did you fight about?
  13. What was your Dad like? What sort of things did you fight about?
  14. When did you have your first kiss? Who was it with? Did you like it?
  15. What was your favourite pet when you were a child?
  16. What were you like as a child? How were you different from how you are now?
  17. What did you get into trouble for when you were a child?
  18. What is your favourite food memory when growing up?
  19. What was your favourite toy?
  20. What was your favourite game?

These questions come from questions mentioned in these two articles:

What questions should a child ask their parent before the parent dies?
100 questions to ask your parents

PS: Here is a very nice article:

How to Say Good-bye When Someone You Love Is Dying

It included this wise message:

Dying people want to hear four very specific messages from their loved ones, says palliative-care physician Ira Byock, author of The Four Things That Matter Most:

“Please forgive me.”
“I forgive you.”
“Thank you.”
“I love you.”

Ask yourself: “Is there anything critically important that would be left unsaid in our relationship if either of us died today?” says Byock, who’s also director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. 

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