This is Palliative Care Week, and according to Palliative Care Australia, while 82 percent of Australians think it’s important to talk with family about their end of life care wishes, only 28 percent have done so.
In fact, less than 5 percent of Australians have end of life plans, and about 45 percent die without a will, often due to an accident or unexpected illness.
In western cultures where death is seen as a taboo topic, the awkwardness around discussing death is often the biggest obstacle to receiving appropriate end of life care and funeral services.
The Australian Centre for Health Research argues that a shift in culture is needed to stop many people experience pain in the final months of their lives, and dying in a way they would not have chosen.
“We aren’t supposed to live forever and having a peaceful death with family present is a wonderful thing. A good death is as important as a successful resuscitation,” says Dr. Ashleigh Witt in the Centre’s 2016 report.
In Australia, we seem to find it difficult to have The Conversation with our family, however it is vital that they know our wishes for end of life care. Then when a trauma occurs, it is much easier for families to make decision in accordance with our wishes.
Read the full article from Talking Aged Care here