“Palliative Care Helped Family Face ‘The Awful, Awful Truth’” – Kaiser Health News

Nurse in scrubs, talking on phone in operating room, rear view“The practice of palliative care is changing under the pandemic: Doctors and nurses are learning new ways to help patients and families communicate their treatment goals and make decisions about end-of-life care.” –  (Reza Estakhrian/Getty Images)

“Seattle mourned the news: Elizabeth and Robert Mar died of COVID-19 within a day of each other. They would have celebrated 50 years of marriage in August.

“But their deaths at the end of March were not the same. Liz, a vivacious matriarch at 72, died after two weeks sedated on a ventilator. Her analytical engineer husband, Robert, 78, chose no aggressive measures. He was able to communicate with their adult children until nearly the end.

“Clinician Darrell Owens helped the Mar family navigate this incredibly difficult time.”

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