The only way we can guarantee that we receive the EOL care we want and ensure that our values and beliefs are honoured is to talk about these things with our loved ones. It is especially important to have these conversations with those individuals who may end up having to make health and EOL decisions on our behalf. Ideally these conversations should occur when we are healthy. It is also important to know your rights as a patient. Remember that “knowledge is power” (Dying with Dignity Canada, n.d.-b).
Click the link below to learn more about your rights as a patient:
VIDEO: Practice Makes Perfect
This short video illustrates ways you can start “the conversation.”
VIDEO: Advance Care Planning – Conversations
This short video reminds us of the importance of talking about death and the importance of having “the conversation” about what you want in advance with your loved ones and SDM(s).