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Saturday marks National Healthcare Decisions Day to discuss end-of-life care

Breaking Bread, Breaking Silence

Last week in Cambridge, Mass., I was invited to attend my first death dinner, led by Hebb. The eight others around the table, ranging from 33 to 64, were in some way connected to the health care space. They included Alexandra Drane, a co-founder of Engage with Grace, a pioneering organization to help people start the end-of-life conversation. Her TEDMED Talk on her 32-year-old sister-in-law’s difficult end-of-life journey with a malignant brain tumor was part of the pre-dinner homework we were asked to complete. At the dinner, Drane said when her sister-in-law came home to die — despite the oncologist’s strong recommendation to the family she stay at the hospital — “it was the greatest gift for her daughter, who to this day knows she was the last thing her mama looked at, and that she played an extraordinary role in her mama’s passing.”

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April 23rd, 2016