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A Conversation With Dad About Life’s End

Posted on 10/02/2012

WBUR Here & Now: There’s a subject most of us say is extremely important: making sure our family is not burdened by difficult end-of-life decisions. A recent survey by the California Health Foundation found that 60 percent of people feel that way. But the survey also finds that 56 percent of people have not communicated end-of-life wishes. A national initiative, recently launched by a group of media and medical professionals, encourages conversations about end of life care well in advance. It’s called “The Conversation Project” and it aims to get families and loved ones talking about the kind of care they want at the end of their lives. One of the tools of “The Conversation Project” is a starter kit of questions. Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s Commonhealth Blog, sat down with her 85-year-old dad Charlie Ritz, who felt it was an important conversation.

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