The business of life and death

A heart-wrenching story in today’s NYT reveals the institutional grip over the dying and their families in the United States: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/26/nyregion/family-fights-health-care-system-for-simple-request-to-die-at-home.html?emc=edit_th_20140926&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=44005038&_r=0

While there’s certainly a need for measures of control in the healthcare system, especially as the average lifespan increases, it’s sad to realize that a life well-lived can come to an ending that reflects none of an individual’s desires.

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