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 might find this kind of work challenging and even distasteful. But we love it.
We TALK about it! So many people have said something to our volunteers along these lines: “Thank you for your honest and frank conversations with me. No one has been willing to have them and I am so grateful and feel free from worry now.”
Another important aspect of our work is helping people do the necessary preparation in case of a medical emergency, or diagnosis of a serious or terminal illness. This process is called Advance Care Planning. We teach seminars on this and enjoy educating people on how to plan ahead.
One thing people often don’t know or think about is this is important for EVERY PERSON OVER THE AGE OF 18. All adults should have an Advance Directive and have shared it with their important people.
A Gift to Family
Therefore, in honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, on April 16, we are devoting the entire month of April to paying attention to these important matters. Every week we will post a new blog on a different but related topic on Advance Care Planning. If you read every one, at the end you will be an expert!
Please join us in these important discussions.