Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Dying Alone

Thanks to Gail for pointing me toward this story.

A woman in South Carolina passed away and was not discovered for 18 months. The woman is described as a lonely widow who had lost contact with most of the people in her life. 

Her dog died of thirst in the same room as her, and even when her home was sold for back taxes, it seems no one visited the property and found her body. 

It's terribly sad. I keep trying to think about whether good end-of-life care would have helped her avoid this situation. 

But, if you live your life alone, how do you avoid dying alone? 

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