Talking about death and dying is difficult, especially when the subject of discussion
is you or someone you love. But having these conversations can help ensure personal
wishes are honored and avoid additional stress as the end of life nears.
Kokua Mau means "continuous care" in Hawaiian and is the name of a statewide
coalition working to strengthen partnerships and increase awareness to improve end-of-life
care. Formed in 1999 through the Hawai'i Executive Office on Aging, Kokua Mau's
mission is to "ensure that Hawai'i's people may die in the place of their choice,
free of pain and suffering, and treated according to their beliefs and values."
HMSA has provided grant support for Kokua Mau projects and is on its advisory group
with other organizations and individuals concerned about end-of-life issues.
Along with providing direct assistance for people in Hawai'i, Kokua Mau offers its
research, education and outreach resources online. The Kokua Mau web site has guides and information for people
who are terminally ill and their families; health care, hospice and related service
providers; and others interested in the subjects of aging, dying and death.
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