Report: Dying in America Harder Than It Has to Be

Report: Dying in America Harder Than It Has to Be

It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life.

That is one of the themes of a 500-page report, titled “Dying in America,” released Sept. 17 by the Institute of Medicine.

The report suggests that the first end-of-life conversation could coincide with a cherished American milestone: getting a driver’s license at 16, the first time a person weighs what it means to be an organ donor. Follow-up conversations with a counselor, nurse or social worker should come at other points early in life, such as turning 18 or getting married.

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