Women’s College Hospital Names Kathy Kastner of Best Endings Competition Winner, Aligned With National Advance Care Planning Day

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Local entrepreneur Kathy Kastner will be partnering with Women’s College Hospital to launch a new project that to bring her end of life website BestEndings.com to a new level of relevancy, after winning a “Dragon’s Den” type of competition.

Kastner is an expert in helping families achieve their “Best Endings” by helping them understand their end of life choices and impact.

In preparation for her upcoming book, Death Kills And Other Things I’ve Learned From The Internet, Kastner accompanied Dr Sandy Buchman on home palliative visits to learn more about how people process what is happening when their loved one is dying. Kastner knows from personal experience, whether you’re a regular person or someone who works professionally in health care, “anyone can find themselves feeling stunned and unsure when they’re faced with making complicated and rushed medical decisions for a dying family member.

It’s my purpose to help people navigate their loved one’s end of life medical choices, when all they really want is a miracle.”

As a result of medical advancements, people who are themselves living longer with heart or lung disease, kidney failure, or dementia are being asked to make their end of life wishes known, but they have little knowledge of the medical terminology and understanding the impact of decisions that may lie ahead.

A recent study by Stanford University showed that one of the key issues for patients talking to doctors about end of life plans, is medical interpretation. 99.9% of doctors encountered barriers for having end-of-life conversations, with 86% rating them as very challenging.

As a result of her win, Kastner, who has previously been published in Journal of Palliative Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal and other peer-reviewed journals, will be undertaking a partnership with Women’s College Hospital (WCH) in Toronto beginning this month, to have her person-focused website on death and dying reviewed by users, aligned with National Advance Care Planning Day on April 16 using the hashtag #nhdd.

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