A cancer patient reconsiders her end-of-life wishes, as Covid-19 brings mortality into sharper focus
In a way, the pandemic had accomplished what palliative care doctors had been trying to do for years. They’d wanted to broach these topics earlier, to give patients the chance to think over those decisions in advance. Otherwise, everything would happen by default: the body giving way, the attempt to revive the heart with chest compressions and shocks, the insertion of a breathing tube. “We default to life. We default to very aggressive care,” said Juliet Jacobsen, a palliative care specialist at Mass. General. “We often just don’t ask people.”
Please do not wait until there's a crisis (life threatening illness or diseases like covid) to start having conversations about what is important to you at the end of life, and after death care.
These conversations are so necessary and valuable for everyone in the family.
Contact A Necessary Conversation to be proactive and prepared for unknown circumstances.