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Conversations About Dying

January 8, 2017

Tags: Good death, bad death, dying well, Conversation Project, Five Wishes, Stanford Letter Project, Death Cafe, end-of-life care

(assembled by Pat McNees to facilitate conversations about death, dying, and final wishes)

We should all have the end-of-life conversation (Ellen Goodman on The Conversation Project). "Too many people are dying in the way they would not choose. Surveys tell us that 70 percent of Americans, for example, want to die at home but 70 percent end up dying in hospitals and institutions....Too many survivors, for that matter, are left not just mourning but feeling guilty, depressed, uncertain of whether they have done the right thing.... And we cannot wait for "the right time" (more…)

Three cases for better management of dying

June 5, 2012

Tags: death, dying, caregiving, long goodbye, end-of-life care

Three recent articles (by Michael Wolff, Joe Klein, and Sandra Tsing Loh) shed light on what it's like to be a caregiver for an elderly parent in today's U.S. health care system. Wolff's piece, A Life Worth Ending, searingly articulates the need for a support system that facilitates dying peacefully and without agony, instead of a system full of incentives for unnecessary medical interventions (more…)