Improving the End of Life Experience

Most of us don’t think about death until we’re older. Those taken too soon remind us to live fuller and appreciate precious movements. A few people might buy life insurance or write letters to loved ones just in case they were to pass unexpectedly, but those preparations are meant for the ones left behind. It’s much harder to think about how and where we’d like to spend the end of our days.

It In 2012, a California study revealed that most people want to spend their final days at home. Unfortunately, that isn’t the reality for many who become severely ill.

Nobody stopped and said, ‘Do you understand what’s going on here? Do you understand your prognosis? Is this how you want to spend your time? What matters most to you as a human being?’

Dr. Shochana Ungerleider

Dr. Shochana Ungerleider realized that too often the care provided to elder patients with terminal illnesses wasn’t in line with their goals and values. The patients she encountered in the ICU were hooked up to machines, surrounded by strangers and most were never asked if they understood what was happening.

She decided this process should be more human-centered and decided to make a cultural shift. End Well believes all people should experience the end of life in a way that matches their values and goals. Watch the video below to hear her story and visit endwellproject.org/watch/ to see how they’re questioning the status quo.

Approaching mortality can be frightening, especially for those dealing with terminal illnesses. Kindful Hospice provides a comforting space where patients can be supported clinically, emotionally, and spiritually. Kindful offers guidance for families and friends along with support and resources every step of the way. Contact us to learn more about how we can provide information, companionship, and counsel for you and your family.