There was the following passage in the New York Times’ (June 17) article that came under the title, “Experts on aging, dying as they lived.":
“They told us where we could find copies of their wills and health directives, explaining that these documents clarified their wishes and we would not have to bear the full weight of making end-of-life decisions for them. As a teenager I hated these discussions. - - They were reassuring me about scenarios that I did not want to think about. I could not have known how grateful I would be now. My parents were prepared, but that is not the same as being ready.” http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/17/experts-on-aging-dying-as-they-lived/?
COD defines ready as “in a suitable state for an activity or situation: fully prepared,” and OALD defines it as fully prepared for what you are going to do.
Is the difference between “being prepared” and “being ready” only whether it is “fully,” or not? Are there any significant psychological / mental attributes to “being ready” other than addition of “fully”?