is something all
Most, if not all of us
ignore the reality.
When and how we die
is perhaps one of the
we don’t like to think about.
Being Mortal is
a best-selling book
written by a physician, the son of two physicians.
Composed of profiles of people
who are faced with illnesses,
they and their families
often are faced with
decisions about how much medication,
how much technology
they might choose to use
to prolong life.
may lead to
a poor quality of life.
When faced with his father’s illness,
the author, his mother and his father-
did not find talking about these choices
and making choices about treatment
than most people.
The Conversation Project,
available to all on-line
gives an outline for individuals and families
to begin talking about these most challenging and
Using “extraordinary means” at one time
meant feeding and hydration
and was not required by some religious practices.
Twenty years ago,
when I had to have a conversation
with my mother
I started by saying
“When Daddy’s patients died, they died,
but now sometimes, a person can be brought back to life.”
She replied,” I want anything that can be done
be done. I still have things to do in my life.”
there are so many more things
that can be done
to extend life,
the choices can be
A Conversation with
family and loved ones
to honor the person’s choices.
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He referred to Beacon Hill Village in his book.
I have been a member for several years.
Wednesday I will join others to discuss the book .
It is very tough stuff.
Be well, stay warm
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