Anticipatory care plans and end of life care

5) Making choices – tips from people who are living with COPD

The following quotes are from people like you who are living with COPD.

Just ask them (health care staff) how this diagnosis will affect your life span (and reassure them you really want to know).
Don’t wait until you are ill to talk about the tricky stuff – do it well ahead.
I found starting with the practical stuff (wills, funeral plan, power of attorney) made it then easier to talk about the harder stuff (treatment interventions, emotional).
I couldn’t speak to those I love best at first – we spoke at our group about it and then it was easier.
It’s hard but …. talk to your family about your future and what you want to happen when you are ill.