End-of-Life Decisions

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End-of-Life Decisions Information

Many people have a clear preference for how they would like to spend their last days, and surveys show that most people don’t want their families weighed down by having to make tough end-of-life care decisions on their behalf. Unfortunately, though, most people never get around to communicating their preferences, leaving their family and loved ones to guess about end-of-life decisions.

In fact, though 90 percent of people think it is important to talk about their own and their loved ones’ wishes for end-of-life care, less than 30 percent have actually held these sorts of discussions, according to a 2013 national telephone survey conducted by The Conversation Project.

When a person’s end-of-life decisions are not known, end-of-life care tends to be more aggressive and the patient suffers more physical distress. While there is no way to plan for every end-of-life detail, talking about preferences for end-of-life care can help prepare family members for most situations.

This End-of-Life Decisions topic includes information, videos and resources to help you think through your own end-of-life decisions, and talk to family members about their wishes for end-of-life care.

While nobody wants to talk about dying, Be Smart. Be Well. makes it a bit easier to have an end-of-life conversation with your family and loved ones. Please take some time to explore this section of our website.