In 4 months Aidan will be turning 5 and Anthony and I are busy making plans. We’re asking ourselves all the usual questions…
How many guests?
Venue – where and how big?
Self-catered or hire a caterer?
Serve alcohol, yes or no?
Open or invitation only?
Helium balloons – yes or no?
Yet we aren’t planning Aidan’s birthday party, we’re planning his funeral. On the advice of his palliative care team, we are locking in details for Aidan’s final party so that when the time comes we aren’t swayed by emotion and rushed into decisions we aren’t entirely comfortable with. I know it’s a wise decision but certainly not one any parent should have to make.
For the other parents in our situation, how far have you gotten in your plans?