So much is written on living the good life, but a few wise perspectives are also needed on dying the good death. Facing up to an especially imminent demise with poise and consideration takes as much courage as any war hero or first responder.

Seth Godin addresses this subject in his post “How Do You Want to Die?” saying “Some things are more likely to happen if you plan for them. In this case, the end comes whether you plan for it or not. Planning merely makes it better.”

Judy MacDonald Johnston offers a thorough game plan for embracing death in her TED lecture “Prepare for a good end of life” outlining 5 practices…

  1. Make a plan
  2. Recruit advocates
  3. Be hospital ready
  4. Choose care givers
  5. Discuss last words

In this past week, Scott Adams has taken a rather militant tone on the particular topic of ongoing life support starting with his post “I Hope My Father Dies Soon”. Traumatized by watching his own father suffer through the end of his life and feeling bitter frustration over the constraints on the family to alleviate the suffering, he has penned a number of posts igniting the debate about the latitude families should have on determining when the end is the end.

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