My friend's husband died many years ago. Raising her child on her own after a lengthy period of caring for her young, ailing husband, I see no one better equipped to help others work through end-of-life.
As we talked through her transition and desires, I immediately thought about a favorite book of mine, "Being Mortal" by Atul Gawande.
The author, a practicing physician, argues that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families. Gawande tells wonderful real-life stories of elderly and hospice care demonstrating that the last years or months of life may be rich and dignified.
As I located my copy of "Being Mortal&qu…