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Changing The Way We Die

The lead article in the January-February 2012 issue of Harvard Business Review is entitled, “HBR’s List of Audacious Ideas For Solving the World’s Problems.”

Some of those ideas? “Fix the global debt crisis”; “Reform executive pay”; “Save the ocean.”

And, “Die the Way You Want To,” by Ellen Goodman.

Goodman is a Pulitzer prize winning columnist who has taken up the cause of promoting broad adoption of advance directives. Mortality, Goodman notes, is the only condition (more…)

A Gift To Your Family

One of the most important legacies we can leave our loved ones is peace of mind.

We save for our children’s college educations. Save for retirement. Buy life insurance.

All so our families won’t have to worry about some things after we’re gone.

But what about before we’re gone?

Wouldn’t we all want to save our families the burden of making some of life’s most difficult decisions?

Making hard choices about end-of-life care can be one of the most emotionally wrenching circumstances for families to endure. Too many times, loved ones disagree, often passionately, about “what dad would have wanted.” The scars of these disagreements often endure long after family members are gone. (more…)