This FREE interview series consists of in-depth educational interviews with experts from all aspects of the end-of-life. You'll hear conversations with people who are passionate about changing the way our society deals with dying, death, and after-death decisions. When you sign up for EOLU you'll receive the "BE Ready: Checklist for End-of-Life Planning" and email notifications each time a new interview is broadcast.
August 11, 2016
"Planting Legacies: Providing
Fair Funerals for All"
August 25, 2016
"Coffin-Making as a
June End of Month Update on the End-of-Life
6 Mistakes to Avoid When Doing
Your End-of-Life Planning
A recent review article has shown that patients who have planned in advance for the end of their lives spend less time in the hospital, receive fewer intensive treatments, and have greater quality of life when they reach their final days. In addition, their surviving relatives experience less stress, anxiety and depression during the process.
These findings from studies that have been conducted over several years at multiple sites present a compelling argument for planning ahead for the end-of-life and completing advance directives. Yet recent statistics show that only 20-30 percent of Americans have actually put their healthcare wishes in writing in the form of a living will or other legal document, so as a nation we are vastly unprepared for the end-of-life.
To make matters worse, even when advance directives have been put in writing there are several reasons why patients may still not receive the care they have requested. Here are six common mistakes for you to avoid when doing your own end-of-life planning: