Finish Strong – Advocates in Bloomington-Normal

While end-of-life planning is the discussion that no one wants to have, the work is life-affirming.

“It can be scary to think about our mortality,” said Barbara Coombs Lee, president of Compassion & Choices, a nationwide nonprofit organization that works to improve care and expand choice at the end of life.

“We don’t want to admit that we won’t live forever,” said Jana Edge of Normal, chairperson of Compassion & Choices of McLean County. “So we don’t talk about it.”

But Edge said she would tell a loved one “I understand that but you need to tell me how to speak for you if you have a crisis. It’s best to talk about this when we’re well rather than in a crisis.”

“The work is life-affirming,” Coombs Lee said of end-of-life planning. “An awareness that time is precious does a lot to improve the quality of your life … It brings our cherished values and beliefs to the fore. We understand what we stand for and how we can enhance that in the last phase of life.” more at link