National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative of The Conversation Project, and is designed to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be.
Your feelings are valid, important, and real – and there are supports available for dealing with them. Sometimes learning that what you’re feeling is grief and that it’s normal can be helpful.
Some among us might be able to rattle off a long list of practices and experiences they consider to be effective self-care; others might struggle to identify one or two. We might also find, in times of high stress or challenge, that our previous self-care strategies are no longer feasible, powerful enough, nor as helpful as they used to be. New situations sometimes require developing new approaches.
Hospice care provides humane and compassionate care for people in the final phases of incurable disease so that they may live as fully and comfortably as possible. The hospice philosophy accepts death as the final stage of life. Hospice care treats the whole person, working to manage symptoms so that a person’s last days may be spent with dignity and quality, surrounded by their loved ones.