Posted on April 22nd, 2024

How to Create an Advance Care Plan: Lighting the Path Podcast

Navigating the complexities of end-of-life decisions can be quite daunting. In this recent Lighting the Path Podcast episode Dr. Bob Uslander and host Jerry Fenter explore the importance of advanced care planning and navigating the complexities of end-of-life planning. 

The conversation centered on empowering individuals and families to take proactive steps in planning. Here are a few key takeaways from the discussion:

  1. Get Talking: Starting conversations about end-of-life preferences with family and loved ones is an important step in advanced care planning.
  2. Know Your Options: There are more choices than you might think regarding end-of-life care. Voluntarily stopping eating and drinking (VSED) and Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD) are empowering end-of-life options for terminally ill individuals, but require the right support system. With proper care, VSED can be a gentle way to end one’s life.
  3. Start Planning: Planning ahead isn’t a task reserved for the super-organized—it’s for everyone. Taking small steps now, like documenting your wishes and preferences, can make a big difference down the road in creating an Empowered End of Life Experience. It’s a process that’s accessible to all, and it’s never too early to start.
  4. Use Resources: Organizations like Empowered Endings offer helpful tools and resources to guide you through the planning process and understand all available options.

This discussion reminds us that talking about end-of-life matters isn’t just practical—it’s an act of kindness to ourselves and our loved ones. By planning ahead and knowing our options, we can find peace, empowerment, and the opportunity to shape our own legacies.

To further explore, listen to the full episode here or via Spotify below.