I have been re-reading parts of this book lately. Of all the books out there about end-of-life care, it's the one I most often recommend to both health care professionals and the general public. I just bought copies of it for each of my sisters and brother. It goes over all sorts of practical things. Stuff like what you might expect to feel like when you are dying; based on your disease. Most people have never been around someone who has died and don't know what it will be like. Often they are afraid to ask. I usually ask patients and families if this is something they would like to know about. They almost always say yes and are relieved when we talk about it.
If you or someone you know is facing a serious illness this book may be a helpful guide. My suggestion is to pick it up, flip through the pages, and stop at places that seem pertinent to you instead of reading it from beginning to end.
Angie and I had a good visit today. We listened to Placido Domingo singing "Spanish Eyes" and things were right with the world.
When I left Angie she said "you keep looking out for me and I'll keep looking out for you ok?" I told her that sounded like a pretty good arrangement to me.