Amanda B.

Advance directives take away the stress and allow family members to be just that- a daughter, husband, grandchild, or friend. Putting these decisions in place allows for time to laugh, cry, and love the individual through stories and comforting touches without fear of guilt or second-guessing.

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Story:

Nothing breaks my heart more than caring for a family receiving hospice services where the patient has no advance directives. The stress of trying to decide what the patient would want and how best to honor them, weighs heavy on all involved, regardless of if the impending death is sudden or expected. Advance directives take away the stress and allow family members to be just that- a daughter, husband, grandchild, or friend. Putting these decisions in place allows for time to laugh, cry, and love the individual through stories and comforting touches without fear of guilt or second-guessing. Starting the conversation is difficult and often uncomfortable given the belief that talking about death is taboo. Even working in the medical field, having such conversations with my own family is challenging and I have often struggled with trying to pick the best time, words, and way to approach the topic that invites an honest, open dialogue. My greatest hope in assisting families with advanced directives is that all families have the opportunity to be a family during the final stages of life.

Professional Bio:

Amanda currently works as a medical social worker for Hospice of the West. Her career has carried her through the world of hospitals and skilled nursing facilities before starting her hospice journey in 2015. She has received her Bachelor of Science in psychology and family studies and human development, Master of Social Work, and Graduate Certificate in Gerontology. Amanda is dedicated to caring for the older adult population and giving honor to those through the final stage of life.