the conversation project
Here are some tips for taking responsibility for your own end-of-life wishes and engaging in the conversation with your health care provider:
To make matters worse, even when advance directives have been put in writing there are several reasons why patients may still not receive the care they have requested. Here are six common mistakes for you to avoid when doing your own end-of-life planning:
Ninety percent of Americans believe it’s important to talk about the end of life with loved ones. Just 30 percent have done it.
Once we figure out how we feel about our own death and dying, the next step we must take -- initiating the conversation with our loved ones -- is often the most difficult step to complete.
Ideally, we doctors must maintain that passion for life, but we must also make room for death, since every patient we treat will ultimately die from one cause or another. Doctors need to cultivate a view of life that includes the reality of death.
How do we go about engaging in these very important conversations when we meet resistance from those we most need to listen and talk with us? Here are some suggestions for "talking the talk" and breaking through that resistance.
There have been fierce political battles in the U.S. about "death with dignity" legislation and the inclusion of end-of-life
At the same time, death is a large part of people's experiences. About half of adults told Pew they have had a friend or
Ellen: Whatever you decide, it'll be okay. I know you'll do the best you can. If you dare to feel guilty, I will come back
We had never discussed my mother's wishes. She was so full of life and physically healthy that I suspect we shared a kind of magical thinking -- she would go on forever, and talking about death would break the spell. Now I am thinking about health proxies and last wishes for myself.