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    Thursday, April 28, 2005
    "Grim Reaper Parties"

    Thanks to GruntDoc for this link to the latest social event: living will parties.

    Some Americans, prompted by their desire to avoid the problems that surrounded the Terri Schiavo case, are gathering at parties where they balance their chardonnay along with clipboards holding living will forms.

    "People are sitting around, munching on brie and talking about dying," says Dan Nicholas, an insurance salesman, while hosting a living wills party last week at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif.

    Whatever works. According to the article, the forms provided at these parties are often pretty generic and may not be all that helpful for detailed treatment planning. However, I like the idea of people getting to think about these issues in a non-threatening (social) environment where they're seeing their friends grappling with the same problems. We all have to figure this stuff out. These parties also give you a chance to swap stories and hear about other families' dilemmas and treatment decisions. So overall I'd say it's a great idea.

    I do wonder though if Mr. Nicholas, insurance salesman, took advantage of the party theme to hit the attendees up for extra life insurance coverage. Hee!



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