Dying to Know: Life-affirming Conversations about Living and Dying Well
Replogle Center for Counseling and Well-Being’s 19th Annual Midwinter Conference
Saturday, February 28th
Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
9:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
As part of the conference, LMM Co-Founder Randi Belisomo will present:
The Dilemmas of Dying in America at 2:00 p.m.
A review of the Institute of Medicine’s 2014 report and its five recommendations for improving this care challenge through collaborative efforts among all stakeholders. As much as people may expect to be in control of decisions about their own care throughout their lives, multiple factors work against the realization of this desire; many nearing the end of life are not physically or cognitively capable of making their own care choices. Too many structural barriers to decision-making also exist prior to serious or terminal illness, and they impede opportunities for patients to engage in informed decision-making. These barriers threaten the autonomy of health system users in what is perhaps their most vulnerable time. They may also inadvertently strip patients of independence and dignity. Greater justice in end of life care demands that all have access to information and guidance through complex care choices so that they may consider, communicate and document choices aligning with personal goals and values.