An important part of The Conversation Project should include palliative care for physicians.My 61-year-old brother died in June 2012 after a lengthy painful bout with Multiple Myloma. He spent the last year of his life in the hospital hooked up to Morphine, feeding tubes and other medical aids. He expressed his wish to be cremated and was ready to let go weeks before he passed. His passing was not the problem. One of his doctors urged us to prolong his life with more and more meds. The doctor was not his primary physician or oncologist. My family found it stressful to argue with the physician re our decision to remove breathing tubes, and the doctor’s religious beliefs (Orthodox Jewish) conflicted with our values.
An important part of The Conversation Project should include palliative care for physicians.