Doctors don't assist with discussing options, friends pray and root for a miracle, needing you back in the immortality club.
Why isn't the choice to de-stress, slow down and intentionally use the rest of good health to hug, laugh and say "goodbye" a viable and supported choice? Isn't letting go and reducing stress powerful medicine anyway, more likely to open the door for a miracle healing? Why can't hospice start NOW, not oxygen or morphine, but some peaceful support for patient and family choices would be invaluable.
Ponder with me now and inevitably for yourself later: Why are we so afraid and completely avoidant of death? I don't think people realize that dying people are still people, with important choices to make. What will it take for us to become expert at supporting and honoring the dying process in an "alive" and welcoming way? Will we forever push the terminally diagnosed through this unexamined death march simply because we are afraid?