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|Today: Most deaths by natural causes happen in a hospital or skilled nursing facility. This means an emergency room, intensive care unit, rehabilitation unit or similar place. The patient is surrounded by machines, likely to be prodded or awakened at all hours. Not peaceful or dignified.
Even for deaths at home, the experience can be far from ideal. With loving but untrained family members exhausted and stressed by providing or supervising care for a person they love. This can bring arguments, panic, 9-1-1 calls, turf battles, medication mistakes and painful long-term memories.
|Each of us has time and makes space near the end of life for peace, comfort, support and dignity.
Pain, anxiety and other symptoms are appropriately and professionally handled.
And we have time and space,
- Do care planning and communication for yourself and keep it up to date. Help those you love do the same.
- When facing serious medical care for yourself or someone you love, frequently re-examine goals of care.
- Use palliative care and hospice care as soon as appropriate.
- Investigate and plan for how and where to obtain experienced and capable end-of-life care.
- When the time comes, make sure that wishes consistent with Peace at the End are carried out.
- Help spread the word about Peace at the End so others will benefit. Share this page with others.