This week, I had to go to a new dentist. It had been years since I'd set foot in an office because I'm terrified of dental work. But before I could even sit in the chair, I had to fill out all the paperwork, and when I got to the part about who to contact in case of an emergency, I didn't even pause before entering my partner's information. At least in that way, I had some peace of mind. So, if you think might be ready to add your partner as an emergency contact, there are several factors to consider.
Putting your partner as your emergency contact might seem simple, but for some, it can be a pretty big step. After all, you're saying that your partner is the person you know you can count on in a medical emergency. They'll know what to do and who to contact if things go poorly. Needless to say, it's important to be sure that both of you are ready for that responsibility, and that the relationship is serious enough to carry that weight. I reached out to Diana Dorell, intuitive dating coach and author of The Dating Mirror: Trust Again, Love Again, to ask how to recognize the signs that the time is right. Here's what she had to say.