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No More Clipboards.

We’ll admit it – we’ve been watching a lot of television lately. But can you really blame us? Television shows can be a useful tool to start a conversation.

Take the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy as an example. In the premiere, as we discussed in a post last week, we saw how the docs dealt with carrying out their friend and colleague’s advance medical directive and living will.  But in the second episode, the writers took us back in time to when he created it.

Take a look:

Notice the clipboard?  We did.

The decisions Mark Sloan makes are too important to wait until the last minute – too important for a clipboard. Sloan might be a fictional character, but his story is sadly far from fiction.

All too often patients or their families are handed a clipboard and asked questions they’ve never talked about. Let alone thought about.

We’ve all put the conversation off at some point. It’s something we don’t want to think about, but we need to.

Avoid the clipboard. Start the conversation with your family now. Here are some tips on how to start the conversation.  And after you do, let us know how it went. Did you learn something you’d like to pass on to others? Share your story on Facebook or Twitter.

Crossposted from MyDirectives.com

More Serious Talk on TV

A few weeks ago we recapped some of our favorite shows talking about advance medical directives and living wills from last television season. We’re only a couple weeks into the new season and already two shows have broached the “what happens if…” conversation.

This week on Private Practice, the sudden death of one of the characters prompted conversation among the rest of the doctors about what they would want and who would take care of their children. See how the conversation started:

And last week, on the premiere of Gray’s Anatomy, the doctors had to deal with the aftermath of a plane crash that at the end of last season killed one of their own and left another in a coma. The episode picked up a month after the accident as they had to carry out the directive of their close friend. Watch how they handled it here:

Have you caught any other shows we should be watching? And what about in real life – have you talked to your family and friends about your wishes? How’d the conversation go? If you haven’t yet, what’s keeping you from talking?  Join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Crossposted from MyDirectives.com