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TV Breaks Through When You Can't

TONIGHT on Magnum P.I. (CBS, 9EST) Tom Selleck’s character remains at the bedside, so a veteran need not die alone.

Use the show as a catalyst for relevant, easy follow-up questions with others: Have you been with someone when they were dying? Do you think you’d want to have someone with you when your time comes? And see where it goes.

Besides, when you complete your health care proxy (refer to my March 30 post at you’ll want to--indeed, need to—have a conversation with your proxy about your wishes for or against certain medical procedures and, when your time comes, end of life care. Such care instructions can include who you want present, where you want to be, whether you want music, scents, and so much more.

Grab your free checklist about creating an easier dying at

The No One Dies Alone and No Veteran Dies Alone movements arose in the wake of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. I have proposed a No One Without Song™ companion gesture, recognizing the overwhelming benefits of music and song throughout life, including at the bedside.

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