When Ted Goff was hospitalized for advanced emphysema five years ago, he spelled out his instructions for the kind of end-of-life care he thought he wanted. Years later, he and his wife, Linda, watched a video that explained those options, and they realized that what he signed up for was not what he had thought it was. He was not alone in this misunderstanding, and that is part of the reason the videos were created — to better explain the options.
April 22, 2014Ted Goff uses a nebulizer to help his breathing in his home in Arlington, Wash. A longtime smoker, Goff has Stage 4 emphysema and was told by his doctors last year that he had about six months to live. He only wants end-of-life care that will keep him comfortable. Stuart Isett/For The Washington Post