start the conversation
If you were unable to speak for yourself do your loved ones know what kind of medical care you would want? Do you know what they would want? These conversations ensure that a plan is in place that reflects the care you want at the end-of-life. Sharing your thoughts creates a guide for your loved ones and gives you an opportunity to think about what you want for the future.
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HAVING THE CONVERSATION
Many times family members have doubts after a loved one dies. They wonder if they did the right thing, if they did everything possible. Preparing ahead of time, communicating your wishes before a medical crisis can help prevent these doubts. Start thinking about it today, it's not too early.
KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS
Quality of life. Hope. Living before leaving. The nature of death and dying has evolved dramatically over the past century. You have choices and the more you consider your options, beliefs and values, the clearer you can be.
End-of-life decisions should be made by the patient in consultation with their physician and family. Documenting these decisions early will not only ensure your wishes are honored, but also reduce confusion, stress, and grief for loved ones and medical professionals.
ADVANCED CARE PLANNING
Advanced Care Planning involves talking about who will make decisions and what decisions they will make if you happen to become unable to speak for yourself.
EVERYONE HAS A STORY
Maureen Jennings gathered family together on her father's 85th birthday to talk about end-of-life care.
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