“Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.”
— Atul Gawande (Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End)

If you’re looking at this section, you probably have decided that you would like a little more information about something you generally would prefer not to think about. If you’re anything like me, you know on a rational level that eventually you will die, but really thinking about what this means is another matter altogether. End of life and death is a topic that usually induces fear and denial for everyone; however, it is a time that everyone, regardless of age, should consider and take time to prepare for.  If we put time and effort into planning our end of life we have the best chance of reducing our anxieties and maintaining our quality of life, as well as ensuring that our loved ones are not left in turmoil with our passing.

Thinking about death is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind in our final days. In a solemn, thoughtful talk, Judy MacDonald Johnston shares 5 practices for planning for a good end of life.  See Judy's TED talk below.