last days at home

Great article in the New York Times today about helping the dying create creative home environments “home cocoons” for the their last days.  Here’s a quote:
Virginia Fry, a counselor who has been the director of the Hospice and Palliative Care Council of Vermont for 30 years, believes people should have a bucket list for the environment where they spend their last days — including what it should look like, and how it should sound and smell. Smell is particularly important because the odors of illness can be intrusive, Ms. Fry said. Often, people try to mitigate that problem by putting out bowls of potpourri or dabbing essential oils on light bulbs.

We of the noblue hair won’t be going quietly into that good night…but we’ll be going with authenticity and as much control as we can muster.

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