About 99 per cent of people will die the way they do now – in a highly predictable but largely unplanned manner. As a result of this lack of planning – and, in large part, our squeamishness in talking about death when we’re well – far too many patients will die in a manner that’s completely at odds with their personal wishes.
If you want your wishes respected, you have to express them. Most Canadians don’t do so.
A poll commissioned by the Canadian Medical Association, for example, found that 95 per cent of people think that talking about death with a loved one is important, but only 30 per cent have done so, and a mere 16 per cent have taken concrete action as a result. The principal reason people give for avoiding “The Conversation,” and making concrete plans, is that it creeps them out.
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