Changing the Face of Dying is my vision, created out of 10+ years in the medical industry as a traveling Emergency Room Nurse. Over time, I have grown increasingly frustrated watching families and individuals struggle over end of life decision making – or more often, the lack there of. It is time for us to change the culture of death in this country, to stop denying the inevitable, embrace our ability to make choices, and discuss these topics with the ones we love so that bedside decisions are made in an informed and cohesive manner that protect the rights and the choices of the dying.

We work towards these goals in a multifaceted approach through Education, Planning, Advocacy and Support for end of life.

 

Advocacy

We work directly with individuals and families coping with terminal and potentially terminal diagnoses to determine and maintain quality of life, as individually defined. Work in this area is tailored to each unique situation and may include:

  • Discussing your wishes with your healthcare team and how to best make sure they’re honored.
  • Discussing your wishes with your family.
  • Discussing end of life choices with an ill or dying family member.
  • Progression from active curative treatment through end of life, use of palliative care, engaging hospice services, arranging alternative therapy, treatment and care both in home and in hospital/facility settings.

Support

We firmly believe that no person should die alone. We provide support for patients and family during end-of-life and through the grief process.

  • Assisting families in providing comfort for a dying loved one.
  • Providing vigil and end of life doula services to aid in honoring and achieving end of life wishes.
  • Assisting in processing through grief and loss before and after a death, including legacy work with patients and family.

Education

We strive to educate people on available quality of life and end of life choices and how to make and protect them.  Through workshops, community outreach, small group, family and individual sessions we work to bring a broader spectrum of education around these choices to people.  The wide range of topics included in our education options are indicative of the vastly changing views of death and ability to control one’s choices in areas where there has been little availability of choice before.  Let us help you or your family or your community consider these amazing options, informing and empowering people to take control and make their wishes known.   Much of our education also includes introductions to planning, we then offer further planning services to those who desire them to assist in further definition of quality of life and putting systems in place to support those quality of life and end of life choices.

  • Having “The Conversation” with those you love
  • Dying at Home, Green Funerals and other alternative end of life choices
  • What to expect and coping mechanisms for caregivers – how to accompany the dying
  • Self-care for the care giver – Why taking care of oneself is vital in the ability to care for others
  • DNR/DNI/POLST – Advanced Directive, Dementia Provisions and other end of life paperwork – how to navigate the system and make sure your efforts are most effective
  • Difficult discussions – How Health Care Providers can improve delivery of difficult news and facilitate difficult discussions for the benefit of their patients
  • Hospice, Palliative Care, End of Life Doulas, In-Home medical and non-medical services  – understanding available resources and how to connect to them

Planning

We assist people to plan ahead through workshops, community outreach, small group, family and individual sessions.  These sessions are designed to help people grapple the question of what quality of life means to them.  Once this idea is mapped out then we work to put in place action plans, appropriate documentation and a comprehensive network of family, medical staff and other service providers to assure personal decisions and wishes about quality life and end-of-life are maintained.

  • Creating and maintaining end of life documentation such as POLST, DNR, DNI, Living Wills/Advanced Directives
  • Important Considerations in choosing a Durable Medical Power of Attorney
  • Pre-planning for end of life and personally defining quality of life
  • Planning and strategy for how to keep a loved one at home through end of life
  • Legacy work – designing and completing legacy work with those you love to preserve their legacy, honor their stories and treasure their memories

Changing the Face of Dying has no spiritual or religious connection, we are there for everyone, and the beliefs of those who share in this vision are not imposed upon those that seek our assistance.  We are always willing to learn about and incorporate an individual’s spiritual and/or religious beliefs into planning and care.

If you're interested in education for yourself, your family, your community or organization regarding end of life issues.

 

Please get in touch

We are not directly connected to any hospital or agency; we are a private business existing in service to the people who engage us. We do not seek to promote nor prevent or replace the use of hospital care, hospice, legal council or any other service that maybe be involved in end-of-life, though we are available to make suggestions and help with informed choices throughout the processes of chronic illness, disease and end of life. Changing the Face of Dying stands as much as possible as a neutral party, willingly working with all agencies that promote health and wellness at end-of-life in respect to the decisions of those who seek our services.