Richard is someone I work with occasionally, and responded to a query with interest in our idea, tied to the unfortunate story of his wife’s premature death…Richard preferred to chat over email, so this is a summary of responses I received to a list of questions about his experience, and thoughts about our idea.

His wife went into the hospital prior to her death, but was not in a state to convey her final wishes to him and his children. He says that any direction, even if it was not completely finalized, would have been helpful, as they had never discussed this. Richard was very open to the cloud concept of storing documents and wishes, as well as working them up online. When asked if there were people he would have preferred to avoid dealing with, his first response was the funeral home people, followed by the organ donation people…

Richard pointed me to Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment which is an effort to standardize, and support how issues such as resuscitation and life support wishes are communicated and honored.

Lastly, Richard emphasized how many important decisions they were forced to make in a  very short period of time, with little direction and expectation as to how to do so…



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