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We could lead way on improving end-of-life care

Kay Lazar’s article “Difficult discourse” (Jan. 21, Page 12G) is subtitled: “Despite expert recommendations meant to encourage talks about end-of-life care, many still do not spend their final days the way they would have chosen.” This article could serve as a catalyst for lawmakers, health care providers, insurers, and residents of the Commonwealth to redouble their efforts and work together to honor end-of-life wishes for care.

Advance care planning is a process. It requires intimate conversation, quiet reflection, and thoughtful choices.

When this process is undertaken and results in a written plan, choices are more likely to be honored, stress is reduced, and ultimately health care is delivered more effectively.

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We can provide and receive better care, and Massachusetts can lead the way. Let’s start the conversation on Beacon Hill, in our boardrooms, and at our kitchen tables.

Cindy Mayher

Sudbury