Americans are notorious disease-and-death deniers. We cling to the fantasy that death will come only when we're age 100 and have earlier taken a brisk walk, read the WSJ and had a romp in the hay. It doesn't happen that way.
One of the Ten Commandments is to "obey" our parents. Well, what happens when we think that it is not in their best interest to continue living where they are living or we feel it is unsafe, and they disagree with us?
A person's last days may still be off in the distant horizon, but the yearning for a death that honors the life and the determination to remain a free person is palpable when thoughts turn to life's end.