We’d like to share a video produced by the Boston Herald that is a great example of the thoughtful process one man and his wife went through when forming their End-of-Life plans.
Married for 41 years, Al and Judith Smith planned how they wanted to live their final days in great detail. “She was the smartest woman I knew,” said Al. “Judith said, as I get older and I get sicker, we have to make decisions now before it’s too late. I want all bases covered.’”
The couple figured out everything that had to be done to put a comprehensive End-of-Life plan in place for both of them.
Judith, who suffered from emphysema and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, stipulated in her End-of-Life plan that doctors would not use breathing tubes to keep Judith alive. “When it’s my time, it’s my time,” she told her husband.
Knowing her time was drawing to a close, Judith made sure Al knew how to pay the bills and cook for himself. Thanks to their End-of-Life plan, Judith passed away as comfortably as she could while Al was prepared to live on without her. Al grieved for his wife but he was glad they had an End-of-Life plan.
“Dying can be a part of living,” Al said. “People never think about dying. But as you get older, you start to think about it. When you think about everything my wife and I worked for, that we strived for, if you don’t protect it, it will be gone. We wanted everything we worked for to go to the people or places that we wanted them to go to. These documents will make sure of that.”
Watch the video here.