In honor of THANKSGIVING this year, a special message about life and death from Alexandra Drane and the Engage With Grace team.  This initiative was born from the story of a young woman, a mom just 32 years old, who was dying of glioblastoma and desperately wanted to do so at home, with grace, rather than in the hospital.  Have you and your family considered how you might handle end-of-life choices when the day comes?  Please read:

"We make choices throughout our lives — where we want to live, what

types of activities will fill our days, with whom we spend our time.

These choices are often a balance between our desires and our means, but

at the end of the day, they are decisions made with intent. But when it

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comes to how we want to be treated at the end our lives, often we don't

express our intent or tell our loved ones about it.

This has real consequences. 73% of Americans would prefer to die at

home, but up to 50% die in hospital. More than 80% of Californians say

their loved ones "know exactly" or have a "good idea" of what their

wishes would be if they were in a persistent coma, but only 50% say

they've talked to them about their preferences.  But our end of life

experiences are about a lot more than statistics. They're about all of


So the first thing we need to do is start talking. Engage With

Grace: The One Slide Project was designed with one simple goal:

to help get the conversation about end of life experience started. The

idea is simple: Create a tool to help get people talking. One Slide, with just

five questions on it. Five questions designed to help get us talking

with each other, with our loved ones, about our preferences.

And we're asking people to share this One Slide - wherever and

whenever they a presentation, at dinner, at their book club. Just

One Slide, just five questions. Lets start a global discussion that,

until now, most of us haven't had.Here is what we are asking you:

download The One Slide and share it at any opportunity - with colleagues, family,

friends. Think of the slide as currency and donate just two minutes

whenever you can. Commit to being able to answer these five questions

about end of life experience for yourself, and for your loved ones. Then

commit to helping others do the same. Get this conversation started.

(Editor's note: I hope you can read it here. Otherwise go check out the original in PDF format)

Let's start a viral movement driven by the change we as individuals

can effect... and the incredibly positive impact we could have

collectively. Help ensure that all of us — and the people we care for —

can end our lives in the same purposeful way we live them. Just One

Slide, just one goal. Think of the enormous difference we can make


(To learn more please click here.)"

* Special thanks also to Paul Levy of Running a Hospital and Matthew Holt of The Health Care Blog for starting the blog-based EwG movement.  The hard truth is, we all need to think in advance about these issues ahead of time, for ourselves and for our loved ones. And give thanks for the lives we enjoy now!

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