Having the Conversation

One of the most productive ways to help patients as they approach the end of life is to encourage them to have a conversation with their loved ones about their preferences for treatment and end-of-life wishes.

Death is an uncomfortable topic. Many people feel that if they don’t talk about it, it won’t happen, especially to them. In reality, we all die, and death must be discussed. Discussions are most useful if a plan is In place long before crucial decision situations arise.

Although these conversations may seem awkward at first, they often bring family members closer together. Talking about death is deeply personal; sharing beliefs and desires with those closest to you produces a more intimate relationship. It takes courage to have these conversations. It is important to have this conversation with your physician as well.

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End of Life Choices California provides information and personal support regarding California's End of Life Option Act and all other legal end-of-life options to the medical community and to the public.