Today I met with some CaSfA members. Among other topics, we did discuss end of life issues. The conversation reminded me of an episode of Frontline I recently watched, “Being Mortal”, on PBS. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/being-mortal/). Although it was very emotional, I highly recommend watching the program.
According to PBS’ website,
“The United States has a problem when it comes to conversations around death and dying, says Dr. Atul Gawande. Patients with life-threatening illnesses tend to focus on how to beat the steep odds against them, he says, without hearing from their doctors about how certain kinds of treatment might actually worsen their remaining time alive.