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Talking Ourselves Into a Good Death

Posted on 05/06/2013

The Daily Camera: Ellen Goodman, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Boston Globe columnist, talked to her mother about everything. Almost. “My mother and I were very close. I once described her as someone who listened to your problems until you were bored with them,” says Goodman by phone from Boulder. “We talked about everything but one thing: What she wanted at the end of life.” That omission turned out to have painful consequences for all involved. In the midst of her mother’s long decline, Goodman “faced a cascading number of decisions for which we were really unprepared. We were uncertain what was the right thing to do and she couldn’t make decisions for herself.”

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