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    Thursday
    Nov222012

    Engage With Grace

    Once again, we are joining the Engage With Grace thisThanksgiving weekend with a blog rally to encourage everyone to have end-of-life conversations with their loved ones. People are invited to share this post written by the Engage with Grace team (or some version of it that speaks to you) with your friends, family and community. Happy Thanksgiving.


    One of our favorite things we ever heard Steve Jobs say is… ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.’

    We love it for three reasons:

    1)      It reminds all of us that living with intention is one of the most important things we can do.

    2)      It reminds all of us that one day will be our last.

    3)      It’s a great example of how Steve Jobs just made most things (even things about death – even things he was quoting) sound better.

    Most of us do pretty well with the living with intention part – but the dying thing? Not so much.

    And maybe that doesn’t bother us so much as individuals because heck, we’re not going to die anyway!! That’s one of those things that happens to other people….

     

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    Tuesday
    Oct162012

    6 Months!

    You may have noticed we've been a little quiet lately on the blog. We're gathering some fresh resources for NHDD 2013, if you have ideas for the blog this year, please don't hesitate to be in touch with us!

    Monday
    Apr162012

    Fulfilling

     

    Can discussing advance directives with family actually be fulfilling? Brad Stuart M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Sutter Care at Home may be speaking from the heart about the importance of goals of care discussions, but as a leader of the Advanced Illness Management program, there is some pretty incredible research showing the benefits of advance care planning for healthcare truly delivered around the wishes of each individual patient.

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    Monday
    Apr162012

    Simple Amplification

     

    We're thrilled that today is the big day! The fifth annual National Healthcare Decisions Day. Below we've included some tips about a super easy way to share NHDD and the importance of advance care planning with a simple Facebook update.

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    Monday
    Apr162012

    Give Family A Gift

    Below is a contribution from Randi Siegel, NHDD State Liaison in Pennsylvania.

    Nathan Kottkamp recently blogged here about the power of stories to motivate people to do advance care planning.  The Descendants, an award-winning film starring George Clooney, is one story that we can all use as a teaching tool.

    First of all, just mentioning George Clooney may help get folks’ attention.  So, too, may the publicity around this movie (including Golden Globes for best picture, best actor Clooney, and an Oscar for best adapted screenplay).   

    The film sets up Clooney as a middle-aged husband whose vital, healthy wife has just been seriously injured in a tragic boat racing accident.  She now lies in a coma on life support.  At her bedside, Clooney’s character, Matt King, pleads with his wife to awaken from her coma.  After three weeks of waiting, doctors tell the anguished King that she will never wake again.

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