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Knowing How Doctors Die Can Change End-Of-Life Discussions

(originally published by NPR on JULY 06, 2015) Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she felt performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients. It looks nothing like what we see on TV. In real life, ribs often break and few survive the ordeal. “I felt like I was beating up people at the end of their life,” she says. “I would be doing the CPR with tears coming down sometimes, and …Read More

We Need To Talk About How You Want To Die

It’s a discussion that most people avoid: end-of-life planning. Doctors say it’s important to have these conversations while you’re still able. But let’s face it, talking about advanced directives can be uncomfortable, even terrifying. KUOW’s Ruby DeLuna talks with Dr. Joanne Roberts of Providence Hospital in Everett and Dr. Randall Curtis at Harborview about having the conversation – with patients, and with their own families. Click here to read the story and hear …Read More

The Right Paperwork for Your End-of-Life Wishes

There is much confusion around this issue among patients and their families, and unfortunately among physicians as well. Which form is the right one? Who should have a copy? An advance directive – each state has its own – is indeed an important legal document. Like any insurance policy, it is intended to prepare its owners in advance for difficult times. Read the full opinion piece here…