Client Volunteers provide the following services:
- Thoroughly explain all the different options for dying well and how to achieve them; including stopping life-preserving medical treatments, seeking palliative care, entering hospice, voluntarily stopping eating and drinking with the support of hospice, palliative sedation, and medical aid in dying.
- Help people navigate through their dying process, from beginning to end. Sometimes this takes days, sometimes weeks or months: sometimes 1-2 meetings, sometimes many more.
- Offer advice and support to help clients, whose wishes are not being met or who are not getting adequate pain or symptom management, advocate for themselves.
- Meet with families to help facilitate discussions about the client’s end-of-life wishes.
- Provide information and support to family members regarding the process of their loved one’s dying, what to expect and how they can best provide compassionate and helpful support.
- Extend support and reassurance to the client as he/she navigates through the process of accessing medical aid in dying. Often this includes helping clients find a physician willing to prescribe MAID, or helping a physician find a consulting physician who will also participate. We are also committed to helping individuals or their loved ones advocate for themselves to obtain needed services or adequate pain control.
- Bring an experienced, calm and reassuring presence on the day of planned death. We also help review instructions and provide bedside support and comfort to both the client and family.
- Assist in completing or understanding advance directives.
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