Spring is the time for renewal, rebirth, and rethinking. Our feature article about palliative care challenges us to rethink some ideas about what we refer to as end of life care. Palliative care is a change in our thinking, in our philosophy, in how we view our later years. It is a way to empower
us all with new choices for our care. It is a partnership with our healthcare team. And it’s not just for end of life but perhaps more a way of living. A palliative care approach helps to ensure that our individual choices and goals about what is most important to us will be realized and respected. So, during this new springtime, consider the palliative care philosophy and think to include this when talking about your life wishes and advance directives.