If you’ve ever sat down to have ‘the conversation’ about advance care planning with your family members or even your friends, you’ve probably had to assure someone that you didn’t want to talk about death, but how they plan for life circumstances. It’s something we’ve said time and time again and something that we stand by. However, there’s nothing wrong with letting people know the difference between the experience for clinicians and family members (and other loved ones) when someone has an advance directive versus when someone doesn’t have an advance directive at the end of life. In fact, it can be quite eye-opening and go a long way in educating the public. That’s what the New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NJHPCO)—‘in cooperation with a number of other organizations around the state’— is doing with the National Healthcare
Your healthcare decisions or choices may not mirror those of the loved ones of the people reflected in this short film. And, that’s OKAY! Let’s be clear that the medical decisions made by every individual are very personal and unique to them. Hence, it doesn’t matter what your healthcare decisions are; what is important is that you make them known to the people around you.