Issue: End-of-Life Care

Talking Death at Holiday Dinners? That’s Not a Bad Idea

Experts in end-of-life talks and advance care planning say the holidays are an ideal time to have hard conversations about final preferences and plans. “People come home for the holidays,” said Ellen Goodman, the longtime columnist and reporter who co-founded The Conversation Project, which provides kits to kick-start end-of-life discussions. “It’s one of those times when we’re together. It’s something that’s important to talk about.”

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Iowan Receives Life-Saving Kidney, Shares Story

I found out I had kidney disease when I was 17. It was just a fluke, really. My high school class visited the local hospital. They sent me to watch some ultrasound procedures, but they had no patients so they used me to perform an ultrasound. The tech said, “Let’s look at your kidneys. Everybody likes seeing kidneys.” Well, not very many people had kidneys like mine. Mine were full of cysts.

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Hospice Comforts Lake City Family

“Hospice gave my loved ones the ability to live out their last days in dignity and love, surrounded by people who truly cared. They became our family during those very critical days. The sincerity this staff has is unquestionable. For the compassion they have for those that are leaving us and for the caregivers, I cannot thank them enough.”

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