The ending of life is an inevitability for all living beings, but it’s never easy to part ways. It can be even harder to have a conversation about the ending of a loved one’s life. According to The Conversation Project, 90 percent of people say that talking to their loved ones about end-of-life care is important, but only 27 percent actually do. Too often, we fail to plan for this certainty and leave tough decisions to be made after a loved one has already passed away, rather than learning their true choices and wishes about how to handle their death. You don’t have to wait until the end is imminent; talking about this natural part of life and how to handle it can happen well before it’s time and put everyone’s questions and fears to rest. All you have to do is get started.
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What is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach to medical care for people with both acute and chronic serious illness. Patients may have physical, psychological, social, or spiritual issues because of their disease or treatment. Palliative care serves to lessen pain, control symptoms and improve stress for the both the patient and family. Ultimately, the goal is improving quality of life, assisting with medical decisions and more importantly navigating the healthcare system.