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No one wants to talk about death, but you need to anyway

In a culture in which speaking about death and dying has long been taboo, and with a healthcare system that does not foster such conversations, it should come as no surprise that only about 30% of Americans have advance directives for healthcare on file. Even then, an advance directive is just a paper form, and often one that is not accessible at the point of care.
More meaningful planning occurs when an individual has a healthcare agent (i.e., a person with the legal authority to make healthcare decisions on another’s behalf). An effective person serving in this role must not only know and understand another’s wishes for care but also be willing and able to honor them. Continue Reading…

December 30th, 2013