The subject of our mortality is painful for many Americans to consider let alone discuss with others. As a result, many of us put off having a conversation with our loved ones and doctors about our end-of-life care wishes. Often, this results in second-guessing, anguish, and guilt. To highlight the need for each of us to plan for end-of-life care, the author explores the end-of-life experiences of seven seriously-ill hospital patients, ranging from palliative care to intense intervention. Dr. Volandes provides information about the latest free online video resources to aid readers in having “The Conversation” about preferences ahead of time with loved ones and doctors.
Written with insight and compassion, this book is a quick, must-read for anybody who does not have end-of-life care plans in place.