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End-of-life care: A conversation we can’t avoid

Posted on 05/02/2014

The Detroit News:

Have you had The Conversation?

If that question isn’t familiar, it soon will be. It drives directly to the heart of an issue that most people recognize as serious, but only a relative few do anything about: end-of-life care.

Like other hospitals, Henry Ford Health System has joined a national grassroots movement to make sure that patients will hear the question often in the coming year.

The Conversation Project came together in 2010 to help people talk about their wishes for end-of-life-care. According to the project: “Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain.”

To bolster that statement, the project cites eye-opening statistics drawn from various sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It paints a clear picture of Americans and their discomfort or resistance in directly addressing the issue:
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