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.