A good piece by Bill Keller of the NY Times on death and dying, and the need to focus on the person and his or her family, not in terms of potential cost savings. Quote:
During Anthony Gilbey’s six days of dying he floated in and out of awareness on a cloud of morphine. Unfettered by tubes and unpestered by hovering medics, he reminisced and made some amends, exchanged jokes and assurances of love with his family, received Catholic rites and managed to swallow a communion host that was probably his last meal. Then he fell into a coma. He died gently, loved and knowing it, dignified and ready.
“I have fought death for so long,” he told my wife near the end. “It is such a relief to give up.”
We should all die so well.