posted on Aug, 25 2009 @ 02:09 PM
I can't remember who said it, but someone said "Americans act as though they will live forever, and think of death as a kind of terrible accident
that happens to people when they get older".
The practice of keeping patients alive for as long as medical technology will allow is a sick practice that wastes medical resources that could be
used to help people who will get better, and is one reason why Americans spend so much per capita on health care and get relatively poor care in
return, because so much goes into life-extension and so little goes into prevention.
Not writing a living will is one of the worst mistakes you can make, both for yourself and for your family and friends. Living wills are the only
solution to the problem of cruel and unnecessary life extension aside from a Nazi-style euthanasia program. I don't like the idea of a series of
checklists, but there is space for "other" concerns, and the checklists have the advantage of reminding people to think about end-of-life issues
that might not occur to them.