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The Boston Globe

Health & wellness


End-of-life care rarely discussed

Despite expert recommendations meant to encourage talks, many still do not spend their final days the way they would have chosen

On an average day in Massachusetts, 144 people die. One is an infant. A few are children. Some are middle-aged, most are over 75.

These observations lead a 32-page report, released nearly two years ago by a state-convened expert panel charged with recommending improvements to Massachusetts’s lagging system for end-of-life care.

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