Violet's CEO shares her personal story

Melissa Reader, Violet's CEO, shares her experience caring for her first husband who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the birth of their third child.

Violet's CEO shares her personal story

Melissa Reader, Violet's CEO, shares her experience caring for her first husband who was diagnosed with cancer shortly after the birth of their third child.

Regretful death is a universal issue; most of us at some stage will care for a loved one through the last stage of life and their subsequent death. Less than 10% of Australians have a plan for the end of their lives and research shows 70% of Australians would prefer to die at home but, sadly, over half will die in hospital - our least preferred place to die. The role of carer falls largely upon women aged 55-75 who are caring for a parent or partner in the last stage of his or her life. They account for 85% of last life stage caregivers.

While death is inevitable, the regret caused by a lack of planning, acceptance and communication in the last stage of life can be reduced.

Melissa's experience has led her to the CEO role at The Violet Initiative, a social change organisation transforming the final stage of life so many more Australians are better prepared to die well.

VIDEO: Melissa Reader, Violet's CEO, shares her personal story

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