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.
Death represents the ultimate unknown, a territory in which we have no experience and no control. So it is natural to feel fear when we think about death and also natural to avoid those thoughts whenever possible.
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.
Today we announce the seven women and men chosen as our 2014 Prime Movers fellows who will inspire you next or may have already done so.
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
To ask, as we do, how we want our bodies to be treated after death gives us the opportunity to learn what Jewish tradition has said for generations.
We tend to think that medical decision making discussions are primarily for the elderly or for those with cancer. Yes, they need to plan, but this blog is directed at the rest of you who have completely ignored this issue.
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.