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The Value of Shared Decision Making in Achieving “More Good Days”

Several decades ago, I spent 3 months caring for my father before he died at home. For my mother, alluding to the end of my father’s life was difficult. She left his blue blazer hanging on the back of a dining room chair where he had always left it, ready for work the next day. It remained there while he lay in a hospital bed in a room off the kitchen, until one day, a week before he died, the blazer was gone. My mother had removed it. That’s how she signaled to the rest of us that she was preparing to let go. Continue reading
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