Sometimes, we read an article that’s important, moving and, we hope, illuminating, but too long to summarize fairly in a blog post. Last year, one such story, written by Charles Ornstein, a Pulitzer Prize-winning health journalist, was published by ProPublica.org, a nonprofit investigative news site.
It perfectly captures the emotional turmoil involved in making end-of-life decisions for someone else – in this case, his mother. Even though Ornstein is an expert consumer when it comes to health care, he wasn’t prepared for the complex reality of his family’s situation. You must be prepared, he says, but that only makes it easier to deal with a loved one’s death – it doesn’t make it easy. For the full story, link here.
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