On a whim, I decided to try to get a “day of” seat to see the taping of Craig Fergusons’ TV show. I have always enjoyed his off-kilter humor and he is about to finish this show. What the hay, right? On my arrival at LA CBS studios, there are already about five faithful who have formed a line to wait at 12:30PM for the 3PM line to choose who actually gets to go in. I had no ticket and there was one other lady there with no ticket. Turns out there is one official ticket site, and these don’t necessarily guarantee that you get in. I had fun gabbing with the folks while waiting. I met a young lady who had, also on a whim, flown down that day from Canada just to see this show – with no ticket. During this time the line became extremely long and alas, at 3:30 or so, I was unable to get in. I’d parked in a paid lot about 2 blocks away and figured I would wander around the Farmers’ market and get some goodies while waiting for the disaster that is LA traffic to settle a bit. Take a look at the wonder I found…
Forty health care and community stakeholders from Contra Costa County, California, met in April 2013 to strategize ways to promote and support end-of-life conversations, with the goal of getting more people to express their wishes and empowering the medical community to honor patient preferences. The meeting was co-led by CHCF and The Conversation Project, a national initiative created to encourage and make it easy for people to talk with their families as well as with their doctors about the care they would want if they became seriously ill.
Improving end-of-life care in Contra Costa County is a shared goal of the local medical association, area hospitals and hospice organizations, and community and faith groups, all of whom gathered to:
- Hear why our culture needs to change from one that does not talk about end of life to one that does
- Learn from the parallels between social movements of the past (for example, civil rights) and the current movement to ensure that people receive the kind of care they want at the end of life
- Learn about grassroots community organizing and how to leverage local organizations’ spheres of influence to spur change
Speakers included Judy Citco, executive director of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California, and Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and cofounder of The Conversation Project. Read the meeting summary to learn why personal stories are vital to cultural change, and why now is the time to have “the conversation.”
The meeting summary is available as a Document Download.