There are a lot of misconceptions out there.
Long before the media got wind that former First Lady Barbara Bush had decided to end her fight against a terminal illness, she had important conversations with her family and medical providers. End-of-life choices are difficult and often dire. And there is a lot in the way of medicine and technology that can muddy the decision-making process.
Today’s treatment options offer many options for prolonging life. But when someone decides that it’s time to let go, how can they and their loved ones best prepare?
- Diane Rehm Host, "Diane Rehm: On My Mind;" advocate, medical aid in dying; @drshow
- Rosemary Gibson Senior advisor, The Hastings Center; author of "Treatment Trap;" chief architect, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's initiative to bring palliative care into the nation's hospitals; @Rosemary100
- Bud Hammes Executive director, Respecting Choices an evidence-based model of advance care planning (ACP); clinical ethicist; @RespChoices
- Jessica Zitter ICU and Palliative Care physician, Highland Hospital in Oakland; author, "Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to the End of Life;" Featured in Netflix documentary "Extremis;" @JessicaZitter
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