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Continued: Readers Write: (Sept. 23): Marijuana, Pope Francis, Minneapolis schools, sensitivity, Minneapolis police, living wills

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DYING PEACEFULLY

We all should make a plan in advance

Katy Butler (“Why few of us get to die peacefully at home,” Sept. 20) was mostly right on. However, I do not think physicians’ motivations are related to dollars at all.

While working in ICUs for years, I saw families wracked with guilt over decisions that they could not make, and patients enduring weeks or months of extraordinary measures because family members could not agree on what to do. Family conferences with the physician (not the patient’s family doctor) ended with “try everything for another week.” The doctor, of course, must agree. The patient is voiceless.

Make your voice heard. Make a living will. It isn’t hard to do.

Let your family know you mean it and save them the agony of not knowing what to do.

KIM GUNYOU, Minnetonka

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