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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

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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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Lessons on End-of-Life Care From a Sister’s Death

Personal experience teaches more than any expert can about caring for family members with terminal conditions.

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Overkill

An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? Dr. Atul Gawande's New Yorker article shines a spotlight on unnecessary medical care -- the tendency to overdiagnose and overtreat many diseases with no benefit to the patient.

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