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Have You Talked with Your Loved Ones About End-of-life Care?

Posted on 12/03/2012

iTriage: We’re all going to die. Everybody poops, and everybody dies. And everybody knows it. So why do only a quarter of Americans have advance directives for their end-of-life care in writing? In a survey conducted by the California Healthcare Foundation, 82 percent of people surveyed said it was important to have end-of-life wishes in writing, though only 23 percent said they had done so. The obvious answer is, of course, that we don’t like to think about death. And when we do think about it, often it’s in vague terms. Lifetime movies and Hallmark cards would have us believe that the majority of people die peacefully in their homes, surrounded by loved ones, with Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” playing in the background. The reality is often much grimmer.

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