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"My spouse already knows what I want."
"I don't want to be kept alive artificially."
"My life is too busy to prepare for my death."
"I know exactly how I want my final days to go but don't know what to do about it."
A large majority of Californians say they would prefer a natural death if they became severely ill, rather than the most aggressive medical intervention possible.
A large majority of Californians feel it is important to put their wishes in writing , but only 23% say they have done so.
They would prefer to die at home instead of in a hospital or nursing home.
They want to talk with their doctor about their wishes for care at the end of their lives.
Having too many other things to worry about is a top barrier to discussing end of life wishes.
Source: Californians’ Attitudes Toward End-of-Life Issues, Lake Research Partners, 2011
Based on findings by the California Health Care Foundation in 2012, for Californians, the four most important factors at the end of life were:
Making sure family were not burdened financially by my care
Being comfortable and without pain
Being at peace spiritually
Making sure family were not burdened by tough decisions about my care.