Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Cartoonist Roz Chast had 12 pages of cartoons in The New Yorker about having "the conversation" with aging parents, assisted living, round-the-clock care, death, ashes.

Sobering - and funny!


LET'S TALK:

The Unspoken Diagnosis: Old Age

Have You Had "The Conversation"?

- 90% of people say that talking with their loved ones about end-of-life care

is important

- 27% have actually done it

- One conversation can make all the difference - it's about what matters to you, not what's the matter with you.


BEING PREPARED:

Getting Your Affairs in Order: Do you have a will? An advance health care directive? Someone with power of attorney? Here's a list of the documents and records we all should have in an accessible place.

The "What if" Workbook Give the gift of preparedness to your loved ones.


LETTING GO:

And a Time to Die: How American Hospitals Shape the End of Life

Being Mortal: A Prescription For Life's Final Stretch A highly-recommended, best-selling book

Letting Go: What should medicine do when it can't save your life?

When 'Doing Everything" is way too much

How Doctors Die: It's not like the rest of us, but it should be

How Doctors Die: Showing others the way

END OF LIFE CARE:

Overkill: An Avalanche of Unnecessary Medical Care is Harming Patients Physically and Financially. What can we do about it?

The Heart in Hospice Care: "What do you want to do with the rest of your life?"

Avoiding the Call to Hospice Why do people wait so long to call?

Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia

What Broke My Father's Heart A pacemaker deactivation decision


GRIEVING:

A To-Do List for the Surviving Spouse

Good Grief: Is There a Better Way to Be Bereaved?

My Marriage Didn't End When I Became a Wid