Changing the Conversation around Death and Dying

In 2011 I published Healing Conversations Now: Enhance Relationships with Elders and Dying Loved Ones as a way to help people have meaningful and powerful conversations toward end of life.

Whether to enhance/mend relationships, make sense of a serious diagnosis, to find peace and acceptance, or love them goodbye. These ‪end of life #EOL conversations are so important — we all deserve a “good death” as much as a good life!

Check out this amazing video by ZDoggMD a remix of the Eminem and Rhianna song “Love the way you lie”. His is titled: “Ain’t the way to die”.

He highlights the medicalization of end of life and the choices we make along the way to sustain life. Quote at end of video: “It always seems too soon, until it’s too late. Talk about your end of life wishes with those you love”.

As I continue my journey learning, teaching, and working toward enhancing care through conversations at end of life, the two statistics below matter AND we need to do better on them!

1. 72% of patients have thought about their wishes for medical treatment at the end of life — only 35% documented their wishes (Source: Pew Research study (2013)
2. While more than 80 percent of patients with chronic diseases say they want to avoid hospitalization and intensive care when they are dying, nearly 70% of Americans die in a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility

No matter who you are, where you work or live, we each have the opportunity to have these important conversations with our loved ones. Stay in touch with me @HealingNow and Healing Conversations Now (Facebook)

Ideas, people, and projects I’m inspired by:

Dr. Atul Gawande: Being Mortal

Dr. Bill Thomas

Death Over Dinner

Dying Matters: Awareness Week #YODO

The Conversation Project

My Gift of Grace

Death Cafe

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