When we are thrust into the role of caregiver for a loved one who is in the process of dying, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Yet it’s a situation millions of us face every year with virtually no sort of preparation or guidance. With Graceful Exit, Dr. Gustavo Ferrer offers an all-in-one resource for anyone tasked with managing the end-of-life care of a loved one.
Dr. Ferrer shares the essential steps we need to take in a way that can be tailored to our unique situation. Through checklists, plans, and step-by-step instructions reflecting his years of experience supporting patients and their families, Dr. Ferrer offers clear and compassionate guidance for the most difficult issues, including:
What are your rights under Medicare and health insurance?
• When should you bring your family together?
• How can you be a caregiver without burning yourself out?
• What are the pros and cons of advanced medical treatment versus hospice at each end-of-life stage?
• Most importantly, how do we say goodbye in a way that brings healing, closure, and peace?
It’s the last news we want to hearthat someone we love is dying. Yet it's an inevitable part of life. With Graceful Exit, Dr. Ferrer offers this much-needed guide through the medical, legal, financial, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of dying and death.
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About the Author
GUSTAVO FERRER, MD, has specialized in end-of-life care for more than 15 years. He has received several prestigious awards, including being named as one of the Best Doctors in the US by US News & World Report, Most Compassionate Doctor, and Patients’ Choice Award. He lives in South Florida. For more, visit gustavoferrermd.com.
Table of Contents
Preface: Death Is Not Failure ix
Introducion: The New Rules of Dying xiii
1 Getting Everyone on the Same Page 1
2 Letting Head and Heart Guide You Through the Hardest Decisions 21
3 Your Best Ally 41
Working with the Medical Team
4 What to Do When Your Loved One Still Has Some Time 69
Hospice, Palliative Care, Long-Term Life Support, and Other Considerations
5 Who Pays? 95
Medicare, Spending Down, Long-Term Care Policies, and More
6 Legacies and Regrets 107
The Importance of Having Final Conversations about Life
7 Grieving, Letting Go, and Acceptance 123
Lessons from the Orinoco
8 Post-Death Paperwork 137
Funerals, Taxes, Passwords, and More
9 Planning an Event You Don't Want to Attend 157
Epilogue: For Every Season 173
About the Author 181