Lead By Example.
The Chicago End-of Life Care Coalition is honoring National Healthcare Decisions Day on April 16th by asking it's followers to Lead by Example.
A nationwide social movement to have conversations with loved ones about dying and death and engage in Advance Care Planning (ACP) is gaining momentum. There has been a proliferation of websites like Life Matters Media, Death Cafe, Death Over Dinner, The Conversation Project, Compassion and Choices, BeAware, and It's OK To Die that offer comprehensive and intelligent information about advance care planning to the public.
Only 30% of Americans have written healthcare directives. (Except in LaCrosse, WI, where 97% do!) That means only three in ten Chicago area residents have completed advance directives, many of them healthcare providers.
One result of healthcare providers completing their own directives is that they will become equipped to help others have these intimate and uncomfortable conversations with their loved ones having had the experience themselves.
Please use April 16th to set a date to complete or revise your own advance healthcare directives, and to have "the conversation" with your loved ones. Practice makes perfect, and National Healthcare Decisions Day is a good day for those of us who work in service to the dying to practice ACP for ourselves.
Also, you do not have limit your advance care planning and training activities to April 16. You can support advance care planning in the Chicago region throughout the year.
For more information on National Healthcare Decisions Day, go to www.nhdd.org.
"Life gives us two great gifts, love and death. Mostly they are passed on unopened." --Rumi