Often we don’t think about the other side of the end of the community that is just as important in the death and dying process on the medical side. This is an excellent article. Although this article was written a couple of years ago, all of the information is current. We seem to be moving at a snail’s pace in terms of developing good communication tools between doctors and their patients. We’re all going to die. None of us know in advance how they will occur. We will all end our lives more peacefully and with greater dignity if we start having end of life conversations while we are still healthy.
The biggest legacy my husband left me, when he decided to voluntarily stop eating and drinking rather than live into the late stages of Alzheimer’s, was his courageous demonstration of how he faced his own death. It made me look at my own fear of death that I have carried around with me for most of my life. In my upcoming book, “Choosing To Die, I share my own journey about how my husband’s death affected me and freed me from my own fear of dying. The book will be available on Amazon about April 9, 2017.