Podcast: Lessons on Living from the Dying

Podcast: Lessons on Living from the Dying


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A podcast hosted by WNEP's Ryan Leckey. The guests are Allied Services Hospice Director Laura Marion and Geisinger’s Dr. Glen Digwood, a board-certified and fellowship-trained specialist in hospice and palliative medicine.

The pair explained the importance of having those tough talks with your loved ones now about what your end-of-life wishes would be if a circumstance left you unable to speak and/or make those decisions for yourself.

The experts also offered insight on the differences between hospice and palliative care and highlighted hospice myths and facts.

November is also Hospice recognition month.

Hospice Myths

  • Hospice means giving up
  • You have to be dying to need hospice
  • hospice is a place you need to leave your home to go to.
  • You cannot use your own physician in hospice
  • All meds are stopped

Hospice Facts

  • Hospice is about embracing each day and living comfortably and with dignity.
  • Hospice is for patients who have life-limiting illnesses or a terminal diagnosis.
  • Hospice is provided in your home, wherever that home may be.
  • Your physician will guide your care with support form a hospice team.

End-of-Life Care Resources:

These resources below can assist you in “End-of-Life” discussion starters. These are a few tools available to assist you.

The Conversation Starter Kit is a “useful tool to help you have the conversation with a family member, friend, or other loved one about your – or their – wishes regarding end-of-life care. It is available in several languages. All of the Starter Kits are available to download and print for free.” Click here for more.

Another tool is Hello, a conversation game. “It's the easy, non-threatening way to start a conversation with your family and friends about what matters most to you.” Head here to learn more.

Another resource is the “Five Wishes” website. “Five Wishes is a complete approach to discussing and documenting your care and comfort choices. It's about connecting families, communicating with healthcare providers, and showing your community what it means to care for one another.”

Five Wishes can assist with advance care planning for: