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Starting The Talk of End of Life Decisions – By Monica James
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Starting The Talk of End of Life Decisions – By Monica James

Starting The Talk of End of Life Decisions – By Monica James

FI-BLOGThe Conversation is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves.

We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late. We want you to be the expert on your wishes and those of your loved ones. Not the doctors or nurses. Not the end-of-life experts. YOU!

Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected. If you’re ready to join us, we ask you: Have you had the conversation?

Thoughts to consider:

  • 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care is important; 27% have actually done so.
  • 82% of people say it’s important to put their wishes in writing; 23% have actually done it.
  • 60% of people say that making sure their family is not burdened by tough decisions is extremely important; 56% have not communicate their end-of- life wishes.

– Monica James

Community Outreach Coordinator, Houston Hospice

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