Sunday, February 19, 2012

Thinking about Postponing Death

I went to the Washington Post this morning to read my Sunday comics.  Usually the rest is crap, the paper has become an embarrassment from its heyday during the Watergate years.  But this article was in there, and I think it is something for us to consider.  If not for ourselves, then for our parents as they age.  My father died in 2002 and I was not in Kentucky for this.  But my mother is now 88 and has sold her house and is going to live with one of my sisters.  I'm sorry that I can't be of more help to her right now.

Also, for you Washington residents there is a Physicians Orders on Life Sustaining Treatment that the Washington Medical Association has put out.  My daughter clued me into it during her visit last week.  It's a two page form.  I urge you to copy it, read it, fill it out and return it to your family care doctor to be kept in your medical records.  It's far better to make these decisions now, rather than in a dire emergency.


Anonymous said...

I read the article, and the other one "The Dying of the Light", and liked it so much that I wrote him a fan note. Bonnie

Anonymous said...

He wrote back to thank me. Nice man. Bonnie