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Emily commented on Reducing fear around death for loved ones

Oh the idea of an advocate or proxy is very interesting. Thanks for making that connection @Aaron Wong! It seems like close family or friends can provide more of the emotional support but an advocate like Hattie Bryant discusses could be more of a neutral party who can help make clear recommendations and decisions. 

Maryalice I saw this previously and thought it was a great idea. It reminded me of another article I read about Dutch students who can live rent-free if they spend 30+ hours/month with elderly community members (here's a related piece: http://www.thejournal.ie/help-the-aged-1814698-Dec2014/). There's so much information, learning, and comfort that can be exchanged on both sides and I wonder if there are ways to use this as inspiration for creating more supportive environments for people without family as they reach the end of their life.