As the number of elderly Americans continues to increase in the coming decades, advance directives and advance care planning will be more important than ever. In the following video clips, Susana McCune, co-editor of Advance Care Planning: Communicating About Matters of Life and Death, discusses her personal story concerning advance care planning, common barriers to advance care planning, and recent trends.

 

Susana McCune's Personal Story Behind "Advance Care Planning"

 

Common Barriers to Advance Care Planning

 

Recent Trends in Advance Care Planning

 

About Advance Care Planning: Communicating About Matters of Life and Death

This volume recounts the history of advance directives, chronicling the evolution of an approach that initially focused on completing forms, to one that now emphasizes more comprehensive strategies for facilitating conversations about end-of-life care and planning for dying and death. It provides helpful strategies for initiating and guiding discussions among providers, patients, and their loved ones, easing the burdens of uncertainty, and improving the efficacy of surrogate decision making near the end of life.

About the Editor

Susana McCune, MA, CT, is a Certified Thanatologist, Behavioral Therapist, and a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Antioch University, Seattle. Her doctoral studies include a concentration in Health Psychology with a specialization in end-of-life care. She has presented at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Annual Clinical Conference; trained hospice nurses, social workers, and volunteers; and also trains psychologists, chaplains, and spiritual caregivers to provide care during end of life, at death, and through bereavement. She serves on the Washington State Psychological Association End-of-Life Special Interest Group.