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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
this blog will be about my journey with this disease
please feel free to follow me along this path
i will continue blogging on organic gardening, green living,
solar power, rainwater collection, and healthy living
i will blog on these plus other things noted to be interesting

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

death and dying

both of these are inevitable
the other thing that fits this category is

i do think about this a lot
especially when i think about how my mom and
my younger brother died
with their struggle with alzheimers disease

my dad avoided this painful death by having a
heart attack and dying eventually from that event
no slow downward slope for him
Image result for pine casket
one thing he did that i always appreciated
as well as i think all my siblings
was that he completely planned his funeral

he as a preacher attended lots of funerals
he knew exactly how his was to be done
he wrote it all down in his own handwriting
for each of his kids to have
years before he died

we all knew what he wanted and when the time
we honored those wishes

my rainwater brother who is also a certified financial
gave me a book to look at

its a workbook on getting everything ready
for when you are not around anymore
ok for when you are dead

in that book is a section on planning your funeral
many times death comes unexpected
the family is not ready to deal with what needs to be done

they are vulnerable to
being taken advantage of
having bad feelings develop amongst the relatives

this book and eg my dads written funeral instructions
avoids all of this
heck he had even picked out  his own casket
he picked an economical one
so the family wouldnt be pressured to buy a more
expensive one

he had buried a lot of people in all kind of materials
many in pine boxes
in his younger days he usually had to help the
funeral director some

so he knew what to expect
wanted to spare us all extra grief
he wanted it done the way he would have done it

so ive thought about dying and getting my final
using what he did and what this book suggests

its not written down yet
but its up in my head
how i want mine to be done

if you want to know whats in my plan
you will just have to come to my funeral

i only get one chance to get this right

the organicgreen doctor

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