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Let's Walk the Walk Before We Talk the Talk

February 01, 20221 min read

Healthcare professionals (and everyone) need to have more and better conversations about end of life choices and advanced care plans. All the time. These conversations don’t start out easily, but the more we have them, the easier they get. It’s essential that we have these conversations now… and that we keep having them for the rest of our lives. We have to make death and illness a part of our daily thought process and lives if we want to make (and empower our loved ones and providers to make) meaningful and congruent decisions at the end of our lives. 

And if you’re a provider, you have to explore these things yourself if you want to be a valuable partner to the people you serve in their own explorations.

Do you have living will? Have you named a healthcare proxy? A power of attorney? Do the people closest to you know (we mean really know) what makes your life worth living?

This month in the Healwell Community we'll be snuggling up with our own mortality... together! We'll explore resources, exchange stories, and get our collective ducks in a row so that when National Healthcare Decisions Day arrives on April 16th, we'll be ready to talk the talk, because we will have already walked the walk.

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Kerry Jordan

As Healwell’s Operations Director, Kerry coordinates strategy, communications and logistics for Healwell’s education and service programs. She leads Healwell’s development and fundraising activities and interfaces with the finance teams at Healwell’s partner facilities. In addition to her duties as Operations Director, Kerry provides massage therapy and teaches in hospitals and clinical settings throughout the Washington, DC metro area and around the world for adult and pediatric palliative care patients and other patients with complex needs and high symptom burden.

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