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It's Time To Talk!

In life we prepare for everything… college, marriage, children, and retirement. Despite the conversations we have for these important milestones, rarely do we have conversations about how we want to be cared for at the end of our lives.

Talking is the single most important thing that you can do to prepare for the death of someone you love. While difficult, the end of life can be amazingly rich. Talking about this time makes a rich ending more likely. Often such conversations are avoided out of an understandable desire to spare each other’s feelings. They need not be.

Your local non-profit Visiting Nurse Associations and Home Health and Hospice agencies have prepared helpful materials and resources to help you start the conversation with your loved ones.

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A Daughter's Story of VNA Hospice

A Daughter's Story of VNA Hospice

Debby shares her story of caring for her mother and how hospice helped her and her family.

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A Story of Support with VNA hospice

A Story of Support with VNA hospice

John shares his touching story of caring for his wife in her final months of life with the help of VNA Hospice.

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A Racial Gap in Attitudes Toward Hospice Care

Suspicions about end-of-life options remain strong among many African-Americans. Some doctors and clergy members are going to church to reshape views.

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Wondering If I Hastened a Patient’s Death

At the very least, I was guilty of that act of hubris of which oncologists are often accused: giving chemotherapy to a person only days before his death.

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