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How do we get doctors to honor our wishes at the end of life? Most recommend preparing an advance directive, and I'm no exception. These documents are not infallible, but they are the best things we've got going for us when we can't speak for ourselves.
Early in my service I was told, "When a jet crashes, often the boots are all we can find." Such was my not-so-subtle introduction to the need for end of life planning.