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Doctor wants patients to reclaim dying as part of living

Dr. Ira Byock, a national expert on palliative care, will talk about how to live and die well. When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Where: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: Free Info:http://washington.providence.org/events/phc/ira-byock-conference/ or www.providence.org/institute-for-human-caring. October 25, 2015 Erica Curless The Spokesman-Review Americans are dying all wrong – spending too much time and money in hospitals and intensive care units receiving invasive treatments instead of enjoying those last, valuable days …Read More

Making Certain Your Wishes are Known to Family and Physicians

Often wishes for end-of-life care are diligently written down, providing very specific details about an individuals preferences for care should they be incapable of stating those wishes. Many times these documents are then placed in a safe or tucked away for ‘when that times comes’. However, just having a document is never enough. Read about what happened to one family…

April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

Watch this inspiring video to learn more about the importance of advance care planning and how the National Healthcare Decisions Day is promoting the Speak Up campaign. Watch the brief the video and think about “who will speak for you?”. Click here to find more information about National Healthcare Decisions Day.  

Computer Program Shows Promise for Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning (ACP) research is underway for many culturally and racially diverse communities. According to the article based on the study, “Making Your Wishes Known: Planning Your Medical Future (MYWK) has the potential to overcome some important barriers to ACP among African Americans. Participants’ high satisfaction with how MYWK guided them through the process of ACP is particularly promising in light of concerns by some that ACP is a …Read More

Personal Stories Offer Education – Share Yours

One way to educate about important topics is through stories. Stories that people can relate to on an emotional level are especially effective at providing a lasting message. Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest would like to share those experiences you may have had with end-of-life care conversations with your family or loved ones, or maybe an experience with a “beautiful death” or a “bad death”. Watch this video to hear about …Read More

Comedy as a Way to Start the Conversation?

Talking about ones own mortality, and the clinical events  leading up to death, is typically not considered a humorous topic, however, one organization found that adding  the laugh factor to advance care planning actually helped people feel more comfortable about the conversation. Read more….

What really matters? Chocolate Cake

Often health care professionals focus on a ‘checklist’ of questions to identify the underlying reasons for a persons physical, mental or emotional health. This may not always get to the answers that matter most to individuals.  Read more about this personal account from a medical student based on finding out what really matters…and why. Click to read article…

Medical Students Exposed to Hospice End-of-Life Care

One of the repeated themes over the past year has been the lack of knowledge, comfort and communication skills that physicians and health care professionals face with their patients at end of life. The University of New England is doing something about this by immersing medical students into hospice and palliative care programs.  According to the article, “…the pilot Hospice Immersion Project provided unique exposure to end-of-life care in a …Read More