Two friends have died this month, one with an experience that offered little they wanted, the other whose death might be described as 'good', with their loved ones all around and all their choices respected and delivered.
As a result, my thoughts have turned to how any of us would like to be cared for at the end of life... Certainly if we don't prepare ourselves and make others aware of what matters to us at the end of life, or express our values and goals in advance, we can hardly be surprised if life fails to deliver the death that we want.
The Stanford Medicine Letter Project is an inspirational initiative running at Stanford Medical School in the United States that addresses this issue, especially across different cultures.
And here's Final Fling the UK-based website of the inspiring Barbara Chalmers which invites people to think about life-in-death decisions. Their ethos is "Stay in charge. Right 'til the end. Meantime, live life to the full, plan now." As far as I'm concerned, that's a great point of view.
Wishing everyone a happy life-ful weekend!