"We’re approaching the 10-year anniversary of her death, and I’m only now able to write about it."
Palliative care and hospice professionals discuss what the process is like — and their insights may challenge what you think about dying.
Carter, 98, is receiving hospice care at his Georgia home and is declining further medical intervention.
"My mom looked at me and said, 'You put me here to die.' ... Those words are ones that I’ve returned to often since she passed away."
"All I knew was that she wasn’t going to take her final breath in a hospital."
"'I’ve had a wonderful life, and now I can’t live it the way I want to,' he explained. 'So I’m done. And that’s OK.'"
“It’s a hard time to be born right now and a hard time to die."
Why 'palliative care' can make such a difference, and why so few people get it.
Some providers are terrific, some are terrible. And regulators haven't kept up.
One challenge: a shortage of trained palliative care providers.