When Patients Choose to End Their Lives

For some, the decision to die is more complicated than a wish to reduce pain.

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Filing Suit for ‘Wrongful Life’

More Americans are writing end-of-life instructions as the pandemic renders such decisions less abstract. But are medical providers listening?

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The Power (and Joy) of Being Prepared

An important lesson of 2020 is that preparation for a health crisis is a gift to the people you love. Today’s Well challenge shows you how.

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My Brother Died and Reminded Me of These Life Lessons

I went home to celebrate Frederick’s glorious life and was forced to reflect on my own.

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With Adult Children Home, Now’s the Time: Talk About Your Money

Riding out the pandemic with family presents the perfect chance to lay it all out: priorities, account balances, end-of-life directives.

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Should Youth Come First in Coronavirus Care?

If medical rationing becomes necessary, some older adults are prepared to step aside. But many have the opposite concern: that they will be arbitrarily sent to the rear of the line.

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Boom Time for Death Planning

The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new business to start-ups that provide end-of-life services, from estate planning to a final tweet.

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Do You Want to Die in an I.C.U.? Pandemic Makes Question All Too Real

Sobering statistics for older patients sharpen the need to draw up advanced directives for treatment and share them with their families.

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Should Doctors Have the Right to Withhold Care From the Sickest Coronavirus Patients?

With a looming shortage of equipment for coronavirus patients in New York City, doctors say they may soon need to make difficult choices.

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