" .... my luck has run out - a few weeks ago I learned that I had multiple metastases in my liver." Oliver Sacks, The New York Times, February 19, 2015. Here is the opinion-editorial.
In doing that Sacks follows in the steps of Christopher Hitchens. His essays in Vanity Fair were his platform for letting us know that, no, you just don't go gently into the night. The pain was preventing him from having access to his number-one tool for dealing with life on life's terms: writing.
Thought leaders, particularly in Campaign 2016, also need to share their wisdom on these end of life issues. I'm among the 76 million Baby Boomers who can't duck those realities.
For one thing, our close friends in our age group want us to listen as they sort out. For another, so many of us have been searching for a belief system about What's Next after we pass over. And, third, to help us with the grief of losing our animal companions, we want a sense of where they might be hanging out.
Looking at death doesn't have to be a downer. I wish I had embraced that when my father was dying. I would have been a more effective listener.