Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, June 25, 2016

A Daughter-in-Law's Perspective on Her Dying Mother-in-Law

EllenWith looming imminent kidney failure, Ellen does not expect to live much longer, but she is as active in her death as she was throughout her life. She does not want to subject herself to life-sustaining treatments and makes this clear to those that are managing her care.

Her daughter-in-law writes the Article from her perspective, and eventually lets the reader know that she does not agree with the death plan her mother-in-law has put into place. It is hard to comprehend someone’s reasoning when you want them to stick around for many more of life’s events. She soon realizes, however, to help Ellen reach her goal of a peaceful end is what matters most.

See Cindy Schweich Handler, I Didn’t Like It, but This Was the Death She Chose, Washington Post, June 20, 2016.

Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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