Why is it Important?
Let's Talk Soon formed in 2017, based on the nationally-acclaimed work of Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer winner, Ellen Goodman. Her project took root after she had the experience of guiding her dying mother’s care. Unfortunately, they had never broached this delicate subject and Ellen found herself adrift, not knowing what her mother’s end-of-life care wishes would be.
While 82% of Americans say that it is important to put end-of-life wishes in writing, only 23% actually have done it. An even smaller percent have actually spoken with their family about their wishes. Unless your family knows what you want, they are left with the distress of guessing how to best care for you. Starting the conversation is never easy – no one wants to sound gloomy or to upset ourselves or others, but families and health care professionals report that it is a relief when the subject of how we want the end of our life to look is brought into the open and our choices can be honored because of careful forethought and conversation.
What is an End-of-Life Conversation?
Too many people are dying in a way they wouldn’t choose, and too many of their loved ones are left feeling bereaved, guilty, and uncertain. It’s time to transform our culture so we shift from not talking about dying to talking about it. It’s time to share the way we want to live at the end of our lives. And it’s time to communicate about the kind of care we want and don’t want for ourselves.
We believe that the place for this to begin is at the kitchen table—not in the intensive care unit—with the people we love, before it’s too late. Together we can make these difficult conversations easier. We can make sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected, with the use of simple advance care planning tools.
Advance care planning is the act of considering, documenting and communicating our personal health care treatment preferences at various stages of life and in various health conditions, particularly at end-of-life. Such planning enables patients to avoid needless suffering from life-sustaining measures our health care system is capable of producing in situations when those measures do not extend the quality of life that we desire. It also allows us to avoid the expenditure of scarce health care dollars for the undesired care. And it is also a gift to our loved ones, who are relieved of the possible guilt that goes with having to make end-of-life decisions without knowing what we would really want.
Let’s Talk Soon was created and designed to help families, communities and clinicians engage in meaningful and effective conversations around quality of life and end-of-life health care. Our aim is to have conversations result in the appointment of an informed medical decision-maker and relieve families and friends of the stress and suffering around crucial decisions as age or illness progress.Surveys show that the public wants the benefits of advance care planning, but people often fail to engage in the process to achieve those benefits.
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Meet our team
Charlie B. Ring
Roy H. Davidson
Sidney A. Stubbs
Elisabeth A. McKeen, M.D.
Thornton (Tim) M. Henry
Cynthia Collins, PHD.
Reverend William Washington
Daniel M. Lichtstein, M.D.
Victoria J. Middlebrooks