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.
Contact a Volunteer
If you have questions, would like to discuss advance care planning further, or need help preparing your advance directives, please contact us. A volunteer will follow up with you to find out how we can assist.