Surgeon Atul Gawande has written a book “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End,” and from which he wrote an opinion piece for the The New York Times on Oct-5-2014.
This essay describes one thing he learned from a patient/friend’s end of life: strive for the best day possible, based on what you care about the most. Having hospice care at home, even just for 6 weeks, allowed this music teacher to set goals, accomplish them, and say her goodbyes. It is a very touching essay. Please enjoy it!