How to Discuss End of Life Care: Ensuring Your Wishes Are Known
How to Discuss End-of-Life Care: Ensuring Your Wishes Are Known with Author Chris Palmer
We can’t plan for everything. But we can have “the conversation” (and keep talking) with our loved ones and doctors about our wishes for care and comfort through the end of life. If held correctly, “the conversation,” can bring us closer to important people in our lives. This can also create the foundation of a care plan that’s right for us—so our wishes can be understood and respected when the need arises. This can also unburden our loved ones from guessing our preferences. It’s also important to complete an advanced directive and choose what’s known as a health care agent—someone who would make health care decisions on our behalf if we became unable to voice those decisions for ourselves.
CHRIS PALMER serves on the Board of Montgomery Hospice and Prince George's Hospice and as Vice President of the Board of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs. He also serves on the Advisory Council for the Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight. Chris is an author, wildlife filmmaker, professor, trained hospice volunteer, and an advocate for reform in aging, death, and dying. The latest of his 10 books, entitled Achieving a Good Death, will be published by Rowman & Littlefield later this year. Thank you to Chris for donating his time to present for us.