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  •  thank you for this. As a senior myself I (6+ / 0-)

    have been trying in as many diaries as possible to impress on all people, not only the elederly to prepare an end of life directive so their families will know exactrly what their wishes are in the event of incapacitation.

    These are financial decisions, they are health decisions, they are quality of life decisions, they are control of life decisions and only the person whose life it is can make those decisions, hopefully with the support and help of their families.

    Death is inevitable for every single person who has life. If you are a responsible human being you MUST make your own decisions about how you choose to die. In a hospice, hooked up to feeding and breathing tubes, warehoused in a wheelchaie in a corridor in a home waiting for someone to change your diapers.

    Take charge.  Prepare a Living Will so the  hospitals, the doctors, the families will know how you wish to exit, with dignity under your own directive, or helpless as the baby you were when you were born. It is a moral and should be a legal obligation of every person in America.

    •  Well said, soccergrandmom. (2+ / 0-)
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      I would just add that one can have Hospice at home, free of charge. It's free, and everything you need is delivered. It's a great help to many.

      "Jesus didn't come to take sides. He came to take over." -- Mark Pryor, DINO (Ark.)

      by cotterperson on Thu Aug 13, 2009 at 09:16:39 AM PDT

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      •  every morning I awake i thank the cosmos that (3+ / 0-)
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        I still have my strength, my faculties, my energy, my independence, but it is a great comfort to know that the service is available when, not if, I shall require assistance.

        This is how i personally have deliberately designed my life to enable me to die in my own home, with my dogs, my family and my peace of mind.

        I fervently hope that every single person who has an elderly relative tries to help the confusion that is being promulgated by obscene disinformation, by unscrupulous politicians and ill-informed and corporate interests. It is a national disgrace to do this to those at the end of their lives.

        I am appalled at this turn in the dialogue recently.

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