“I thought I was prepared to be my mother’s healthcare proxy . . .”

With legislation now before the Victorian Parliament to simplify advance care planning, a recent Huffington Post story provides a very good illustration of the difference between thinking about death and dying decisions in the abstract and dealing with them in a real life situation. Social Work Professor Michael Friedman thought he was prepared to be his mother’s healthcare proxy but found he was not prepared for his own emotions, the ethical questions, or the difference between the idea of death and its concrete reality. You can read his story here.

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