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Honoring a dying person’s wish to live in denial

My blog post, Living in the Moments: End-of-Life conversations with a person in denial

was recently published by The Conversation Project.


The post is my personal story, but one in which I ask a question that others may have faced: how to have an end-of-life conversation if the dying person’s wish is that their imminent death not be acknowledged? I hope my post will help those who face this common, but challenging scenario.


The Conversation Project is a public engagement initiative providing tools to help everyone talk about their wishes for care through the end of life so those wishes can be understood and respected. It is an initiative of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization that is a leader in health and health care improvement worldwide.