[A] transformation is needed in the way our society and culture — not merely our health care system — cares for seriously ill people and supports family caregivers.
Byock’s critiques of the current system are informed by his experience watching his parents care for his maternal grandmother at the end of her life. And his first book, Dying Well, coincided with the death of his father, making end of life care, not only his professional life’s work but also something deeply personal.
Do you have experience caring for a loved one at the end of their life? What would have made a difference for you?
Editor’s note: Ira Byock will be giving a free lecture at the White Stag building in downtown Portland tonight at 7 p.m.