End of Life Wishes: a (simple) Letter Project

The Stanford Medicine Letter Project idea is simple:

Write a letter that explains what matters most to you at the end of your life, how medical decisions should be made, and who can make decisions for you if you are unable. A formal advance directive can be intimidating to some. This is a straightforward way to make your wishes known.

Every adult should complete advance directives..... and most would, if they could! Sadly, many take one look at the advance directive form and give up after the first two minutes of trying to decipher the medico-legal jargon.

You can use their PDF template to start or fill out the form on the website and print or email the result for yourself, your family, and your physician(s).

In my work in Palliative Care, I continue to be amazed by the number of people I meet who have never thought or talked about dying. It is a natural part of life, guaranteed. It is one of the only sure things that we all have in common. And yet, so few people feel comfortable discussing it.

I am also amazed at the number of people who have thought about it extensively , have clear wishes, but have never made them known.

Don't wait! Talk to your family and consider this simple tool to share your thoughts and wishes.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vApg3qAn55...

Perspective: Want to learn the value of healthcare? Try to diagnose your own mother

Dr Ranjana Srivastava is a specialist. Specifically, she is an oncologist (cancer doctor).

Naturally, she thought the worst when her mother became ill and started thinking up a series of diagnoses, implications, tests, and treatments. She struggled a little to decide how much would be important and good advocacy for her mom, and how much was "too much" and might do more harm than good.

Her husband, a GP, interrupted and helped Dr. Srivastava's mother decide what to do next - and in doing so, also answered Dr. Srivastava's bigger question:

Why is it so hard to see the value of experienced GPs?

Read the full article in the Guardian to understand her answer.

Source: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2...