The Conversation: End of Life Wishes, Providence

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Planning for the end of one's life is not easy.  Pat Matttingly, a retired physician and member of the Longevity Explorers' Steering Committee leads members through brief, thorough presentations and discussions of three aspects of this planning:  

  • Part 1) having "the conversation" about your wishes with your family and others,
  • Part 2) understanding the terminology, and
  • Part 3) preparing legally binding documents to ensure that your wishes are honored.


Part 1: The Conversation

In Part 1 of our discussion, Beth Levow, a volunteer with the “The Conversation Project,” explains the resources this Boston-based non-profit program offers to enable conversations about one’s wishes for end-of-life care with family members, friends, physicians, and others.  It is a conversation, she notes, appropriate for all ages and one that evolves over time.  The Project offers a “starter kit” to make it easier to clarify one’s own thoughts about wishes and to suggest ways to have the conversation that perhaps others don’t want.  

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