“What’s important to me.”

Published in February, a 67-page report by the Choice in End of Life Care Review Board. I confess, I haven’t studied all 67 pages in detail, but I did find the quotes in the public engagement sections particularly interesting. They are reminders that despite the large budgets involved (or small budgets, depending on your point of view), these are real people’s lives, and deaths, being discussed and reviewed.

Claire Henry MBE, Chair of the Choice in End of Life Care Review Board

Dying, death and bereavement are important parts of everyone’s lives. They happen to us all, and many of us will be affected by the death of people close to us. But whilst dying is inevitable, and universal, that is the only certain thing about it. So much else is unpredictable. It is therefore vital to offer people choice and control over the things that are important to them at this point of maximum vulnerability in their lives.
 Choices at the end of life affect us all. People have told us during this Review that they want their end of life care to reflect their own individual views and preferences; as one person said, “this is about those unique things that make me, me”.

Read the full report here