Where Do We Go from Here?
WHEN I GIVE TALKS on this topic, I work hard to make the event energetic, engaging, and fast-paced. After all, I’m a lawyer talking about death and dying—not necessarily on anyone’s top ten list of shows they need to Tivo this week. I have a pretty good sense that I’ve been able to accomplish this goal with my talks. But I also know that no matter how engaged an audience is, there comes a point in each evening when people have listened and talked about death and dying enough, and they want to go outside, breathe, and live.
So it is with this book. We’ve covered enough. Many topics I haven’t covered at all or have touched upon lightly: guardianship, disparities in care for minorities, the “unbefriended patient,” Jehovah’s Witness cases, government regulation of pain medicine, grief, the fu-