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Living Will

I'm Dying To Tell You: Estate Planning And Other Existential Agitations

Debra Ollivier | Posted 05.16.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

The resistance to the process is as logistical as it is ontological, because estate planning is linked to the unpleasant task of death planning, and who wants to think about that? But when children come into the picture parents often enter the Kingdom of Anxiety, and concerns about what we leave behind are harder to sweep under the carpet.

No Heroic Measures

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics
Adam Neiman

We may not be the Greatest Generation but when it comes to creating moral crusades we're the tops. Now we need a moral crusade to die when our time comes.

Most Post50s Do Not Have Living Wills: Poll

AP | JENNIFER C. KERR | Posted 01.16.2012 | Fifty

WASHINGTON — Many baby boomers don't have end-of-life legal documents such as a living will – and some say it's because they feel healthy ...

A Living Dead Will

Frank Lesser | Posted 12.27.2011 | Comedy
Frank Lesser

In the event that I die and return as a poltergeist, my health care proxy may only exorcise my spirit if she is certain beyond all reasonable doubt that the spirit is not actually me, but is instead a demon masquerading as me in an attempt to trick my survivors.

Where There's a Will...

Claire Fordham | Posted 12.03.2011 | Fifty
Claire Fordham

When you write your will, you have to cover every eventuality. What if you and your spouse die in an accident, who will look after your kids? What if you are all killed in an accident?

Why End-of-Life Planning Is Such A Good Idea

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

The key to effective end-of-life planning is not to race through filling out legal documents, but rather to take our time to thoughtfully clarify our thoughts, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about dying and death first.

The Importance of End-of-Life Preparation

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Overwhelm, discomfort and superstition -- not very good reasons for failing to execute such critically important documents. Here are the top 5 excuses for not putting one's affairs in order.

Accidents Happen: Get Your Affairs in Order

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jason Alderman

Recently, a man stepping off a curb near my office was struck and killed by a passing bus. Only 49, he clearly had many productive years ahead. Readin...

Greedy About Life Itself: Solving Our Deficit and Reducing Our Suffering

John Selby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
John Selby

Must we remain passive victims of the medical-legal-religious establishment when it comes to the end of life, or do we have choice and power concerning the ultimate matter of how and when we die?

Death Panels, Dignity, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We now need to revisit the issue of enhancing discussions of end-of-life care. Addressing these issues more fully can help us in many ways. But these are not easy issues.

Now Comes the Hardest Decision

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

Dad called yesterday to tell me he'd wheeled my mother into the cafeteria at the nursing home. He was elated, because Mom smiled and made eye contact.

Why They Call Alzheimer's 'The Long Goodbye'

Fawn Germer | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Fawn Germer

Alzheimer's Disease is a cruel insult to anyone who suffers its indignity. This is the last, lingering chapter in a story that began with my mom's paralyzing stroke 19 years ago.

Living Wills: Preparing For End of Life | MELINDA BECK | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Forget about the health-reform debate for the moment. Should you have a living will specifying the kind of care you'd want at the end of life if you c...

Death, Dishonesty and the GOP

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

Democrats don't want to "kill Granny," but Republicans want to ensure that "Granny" suffers needlessly in death, and that her family deals with the confusion of not knowing what "Granny" wanted.