Terminal illnesses can’t be put on hold.

As I look out the window and welcome the first signs of spring — trees flowering, warmer weather, birds singing — life almost feels normal. It’s nearly unfathomable that just a couple of weeks ago, life WAS normal.

Today, our world is dramatically different. Uncertainty is the new normal, as are face masks, hand sanitizers, timed grocery visits and social distancing. The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted how we live, how we work and how we connect. It has caused us to put some aspects of our lives on hold and to rethink our approach to others.

Yet, terminal and serious illnesses can’t be put on hold. That’s why I want to update you on actions we are taking to support you and continue our progress to ensure that those most vulnerable and in need of end-of-life options aren’t forgotten or marginalized during these challenging times.

In response to concerns raised from supporters across the country that the pandemic was going to result in a shortage of quality hospice and palliative care, we have joined the movement to expand telehealth; those efforts are described in more detail in the newsletter.

While we quickly responded to the immediate crises in end-of-life care caused by COVID-19, our efforts to advance our other priorities did not, and will not, stop. In fact, some of them also became more urgent as the American public at large became more aware of their mortality. That is why in this issue we are previewing our launch of a multi-week public education campaign on National Healthcare Decisions Day designed to address the real and growing concerns about end-of-life planning in the wake of coronavirus.  more at link Note from Kim Callinan