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Apoyo y Ayuda al Final  / Support and Help at the End

Apoyo y Ayuda al Final / Support and Help at the End

Sabemos que hay versiones diversas de cómo vivir una vida buena y plena. ¿Sabía usted que contamos con varias opciones para morir una muerte digna y serena? Entre ellas se encuentran la muerte natural, el cese de tratamientos médicos, el hospicio, los cuidados paliativos, la sedación paliativa, la suspensión voluntaria de la comida y la bebida, y la ayuda médica para morir.

We know that there are various versions of how to live a good and full life. Did you know that we have several options for dying with dignity and serenity? These include natural death, stopping unwanted medical treatment, hospice, palliative care, palliative sedation, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, and medical aid in dying.

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Advance Directive: Part 2

Advance Directive: Part 2

For our fourth week in April honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day (April 16), we will complete this series by discussing two additional topics that can be added to an Advance Directive as addendums.  Both are important and worth discussing.  So, let’s get...

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Advance Directive: Part 1

Advance Directive: Part 1

Now that you have hopefully talked with your loved ones about getting an Advance Directive (AD) done, or are thinking about updating it, here is a little more information.  By the way, it is recommended that people review their Advance Directive every five years or...

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Do You Have an Advance Directive?

Do You Have an Advance Directive?

Although conversations about Advance Care Planning may seem awkward at first, they often bring family members closer together.  Talking about death/end of life is deeply personal. Sharing beliefs and desires with those closest to you produces a more intimate...

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Honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day

Honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day

Most of the work we do at End of Life Choices California involves talking with people about dying: addressing their fears, providing support with problem solving, helping them access the resources they need to plan for the kind of death they wish for.  Some people...

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When the Burdens of Living Outweigh the Benefits

When the Burdens of Living Outweigh the Benefits

When I read The Washington Post article's title, “At 94, she was ready to die by fasting,” I thought “Oh no!”  Upon further reading, I learned that Rosemary Bowen did not actually fast, which by definition is stopping all nutritional intake, but rather, she...

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How Not To Die In The ER

How Not To Die In The ER

This extraordinary piece we share with you today is a thoughtful and moving example of just what it takes to get well-meaning medical providers to pay attention to what we (the patients) want, not what they think we need.  The story is a hard but valuable lesson about...

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An Act of Love

I was talking with my friend, Jen, today and she told  me about the death of her 96 year old grandmother. There were some important things she shared with me about the good death her grandmother had and the comfort she received from that experience.  The first was...

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