Most Californians would prefer to die a natural death at home without becoming a burden on family. Yet according to this survey, a disconnect exists between what they want and reality.
Final Chapter: Californians' Attitudes and Experiences with Death and Dying (1.28 MB)
According to a CHCF survey of Californians conducted in late 2011, a large majority say they would prefer a natural death if they became severely ill, rather than have all possible medical interventions provided. They would prefer to die at home instead of in a hospital or nursing home. And they want to talk with their doctor about their wishes for care at the end of life. However, Californians don't always get what they want, as this research shows.
Among the highlights:
The snapshot is available as a Document Download. Also available are videos with individuals' reflections on death and dying, along with helpful resources, under the Related CHCF Page below.
Reflections on End of Life Care