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Jan 13, 2023

Medical Aid in Dying is a controversial topic. Hospice Social Worker Lisa Pahl shares what it’s like to support someone who’s utilizing Medical Aid in Dying. Hospice team members are often present when a patient chooses Medical Aid in Dying, or MAID.  Lisa’s experience has shown her how intense and intimate it can be to companion a patient and family during a MAID event.  Often the conversations about the death, and the details of how the patient wants it to happen, are enriched and deep.  Lisa shares that as a social worker, she finds her energy for supporting patients to be refilled rather than depleted.  Medical Aid in Dying is not legal in every state in the U.S.  It’s important that hospice and end of life workers are aware of what the laws are in the state where they work. Whether or not hospice professionals support a MAID law, they should be able to accurately inform patients and families, and provide education. 

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