Your Life, Your Choices
Live with the End in Mind
Living life fully, right to the end: that is what we hope for ourselves and for everyone we know. The gateway is living with intention, and with the realization of uncertainty and impermanence.
It's asking ourselves questions like, how would we live differently if we knew we had 10 years to live? How about five? How about one? What if you were given three months? Or three days?
Living in the time of COVID has inspired many of us to examine our lives with fresh eyes. To look at what matters most, what we really value, and how we want to devote our lives. It's also prompted people to consider their mortality, given the disconcerting reality that disease may strike anyone, no matter how young or healthy.
These sorts of considerations may be part of what we call a personal end-of-life policy. Creating this together, it reflects your values, priorities, and goals. It may include your religious or faith convictions, or lack of them, and how they influence your feelings about aging and illness. It can describe what gives your life meaning, and what would rob you of the joy of living. It can be specific about how you would approach debilitating diseases, such as Alzheimer's.
Your policy articulates the types of medical treatment and consequences you would favor and what you would want to avoid. It is the expression of how you want to be cared for, to be shared with those who matter most, as well as your medical providers.This policy complements, and can be added to the formal legal documents called an advance directive.