Journalist Kimberly Hiss examines some of the important issues that families may not adequately prepare for should a loved one face death.
In the article, “16 Things Smart People Do to Prepare for Death,” Hiss speaks with a number of professionals who offer advice from a number of different vantage points. This includes Jon Radulovic with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and hospice social worker Paula McMenamin, MSW, of The Elizabeth Hospice .
The article begins:
You could learn a lot by asking a healthcare worker about the problems families run into when a loved one dies. “Time and again, hospice professionals see families in the hallway of the emergency room or ICU trying to figure out what Mom or Dad might have wanted, and that’s a very tough time to think these things through,” says Jon Radulovic, vice president of communications for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “People often put more thought into preparing for the family vacation—the transportation, the timing, the meals—than planning for the end-of-life experience we’ll all have.” Here’s a fascinating look at how doctors choose to die.
In terms of advance care planning, NHPCO’s CaringInfo.org website is offered as a helpful resource.
Read the full article, “16 Things Smart People Do to Prepare for Death,” on the Reader’s Digest website.