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How Do You Plan For The End Of Life?

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Wednesday at noon on "The Source" — Death is something everyone faces but not something everyone plans for, even if they are able to. What are the various approaches to end-of-life care and how do you decide what’s right for you or your loved one?

Healthcare continues to be a hot topic — from coverage to benefits and financing but what is often left out of these discussions is end-of-life care.

What is hospice, who qualifies, and what are the benefits? What is palliative care, how can it help with various illnesses and when is it appropriate to call palliative care specialists?

What are non-medical homes for the dying? What do they provide in our community that hospice cannot? 

What all is involved when planning for the end of a life? And why is there a stigma in our society that it's taboo to talk openly about death?

Guests: 

"The Source" is a live call-in program airing Mondays through Thursdays from 12-1 p.m. Leave a message before the program at (210) 615-8982. During the live show, call 210-614-8980, email thesource@tpr.org or tweet at @TPRSource. 

*Audio for this interview will be available by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10. 

Kim Johnson is the producer for Texas Public Radio’s live, call-in show The Source. She is a Trinity University alum with bachelor’s degrees in Communication and Spanish, and a Master of Arts Degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.