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COVID-19 Adds to Urgency of Our Mission: Note From the CEO

While I had anticipated the stay-at-home orders would slow down the pace of our lives, that has not been the case for the Compassion & Choices team. The fast pace of the COVID-19 pandemic, constant rush of news and information, and increased prominence of our mission has resulted in a need for us to move at breakneck speed. Our urgency to respond came out of a desire to help our supporters — [...]

May 3rd, 2020|

To protect the most vulnerable from coronavirus, we must reimagine medicine

“I have heart disease, and I am scared. For years, doctor’s visits and medication have kept me alive. However, now I am afraid if I go to the doctor, I will catch coronavirus and die. If I don’t go, my heart disease could kill me.” I have had similar conversations with seriously ill Americans nationwide who have a host of diseases. They ARE legitimately at greater risk of dying prematurely if they [...]

May 3rd, 2020|

Viewpoint: COVID-19 crisis demonstrates urgent need for end-of-life planning by Kim Callinan   Thousands of Americans have died from coronavirus, with countless heartbreaking stories. Many families have been separated from a loved one who dies alone in a hospital bed. Health systems are making unfathomable decisions about rationing the limited supply of ventilators. Families are left to make spur-of-the-moment, life-altering decisions about the care of a loved one, despite having never discussed [...]

May 3rd, 2020|

End-of-life planning eases the pain

I will never forget watching my 4th grade teacher, Irene Herrin, a family friend whom I adored, die an agonizingly slow and painful death from cancer at age 65. Irene had no living family when she got sick. There was no one to advocate for her and to find out how and whether she wanted to be treated in her last days. Back then, people rarely used an advanced directive to advise [...]

May 3rd, 2020|

Do You Want to Die in an I.C.U.? Pandemic Makes Question All Too Real

4.24.20 Via The New York Times: Sobering statistics for older patients sharpen the need to draw up advanced directives for treatment and share them with their families.   Earlier this month, Cheryl Goldman, a retired high school teacher living on Long Island, called her son, Edo Banach, in Maryland. It seemed a routine chat until Ms. Goldman announced that if she became ill with Covid-19, she would decline a ventilator.   “I’m [...]

April 24th, 2020|
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