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My father would have turned one hundred years old on November 17, 2020, had he been alive. But he would have been distressed at not being able to swing a cricket bat or wield a tennis racquet, his favourite sporting pastimes, as his illness had left him bedridden. “The spirit is willing but the body is weak,” he would say, as he grew older and feebler in the years past his 80th birthday and he finally called it a day when he was 84 years old, too tired to stay alive and too weak to meet and greet people. At his request, he was moved home from the hospital, where he breathed his last peacefully, with family by his side.
And so, we must all say the final goodbye one day, and our only hope is that the end comes peacefully, without too much pain and without putting others to trouble. Of course, this is not entirely in our hands, but we can wish for the best kind of ending. Moreover, we have no way of knowing whether we will see the end coming and be able to say goodbye coherently. Death may well sneak up on us, and we may exit, unaware of the final curtain call.
Meanwhile, why not leave a living will? Technology has made it possible to postpone physical death and keep one’s body alive with life support systems, almost indefinitely, if one or one’s family could afford to do so financially and if there are emotional reasons why close family refuses to let go. But there is a time to live and a time to go, and it is better to leave with grace than to cling on. This suggestion applies more to next-of-kin who tend to resist facing the truth that their loving parent (or any other relative) is now ready to exit and get liberated from suffering — for suffer one must if held back against one’s will and against the body’s capacity to sustain itself independently.
A living will refers to instructions to next-of-kin and medical caregivers as to what course of action ought to be taken in case the patient (author of the living will) is unable to decide due to being in a coma, is unconscious or on life support and is not in a position to communicate her choice regarding end-of-life medical care.