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Frank Turban

We at KC took classes on Personal Theology where we wrote our own Epitaph and how we wanted our funeral to go which alieviates decisions our family must make and also fill out Advanced Directives. I believe we should review these periodically and continue the talk about death and dying with dignity. I would be happy to be a part of that since I have had prostrate cancer and have Multiple Sclerosis. These discussions have been very enlightening and empowering.

Steve Snelgrove

I am glad to hear that you found my talk informative. Thank you for your thoughts on bringing the discussion of advance directives into the community setting.
I would welcome opening a dialogue with members of the community in an effort to educate individuals about advance directives, encourage them to complete their own, and distribute the document to their family and health care providers. While it is true that an increase in advance directives may benefit the hospital financially, I personally feel it is more a matter of patient-focused and compassionate care. These crucial conversations are about dignity and respect for informed decisions by patients and their families, yet they are incredibly difficult to have. Most individuals value having plans in place and their wishes known before they encounter a health care crisis, but they just never get around to doing it. If the value proposition was better communicated and process for success implemented, it can make it less stressful for family members and caregivers as well.
I look forward to working with you and other members of the Howard County community to move forward on this and other health initiatives.

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