Courtesy of TheCommonweal | By Jo McGowan | Originally Published 04.03.2017 | Posted 10.11.2017
In the United States we more or less expect that people will die in a hospital. That is quickly becoming the norm here in India too. But my mother-in-law, “Mummy,” wanted to die at home. And when you’re just a few months shy of a hundred years old, you aren’t afraid to say what you want. She told me often in the past few years how ready she was to go. No heroic measures, she said. Nothing invasive. “I don’t want to be a burden,” she insisted. Not wanting to be a burden is at the top of many elderly people’s list. For those who love them, it’s painful to hear. Burden us, we kept telling Mummy, it’s no problem! To her own list, I added one more item: no pain while dying.
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