When acclaimed author and columnist Steve Lopez shared his family's difficult caregiving journey with the readers of the Los Angeles Times, the response was astonishing. And revealing. Scores of people wanted to share their own stories of the struggle to have an end to life for themselves-or loved ones-that was comfortable and dignified. Some of those people agreed to share their stories with "Your Turn to Care."
The overwhelming theme of the letters to columnist Steve Lopez concerned the challenges faced trying to help a loved one find comfort, peace and dignity at the end of life. But some of the caregivers who reached out did find there were some ways to achieve those important goals. The key is planning. We invite you to spend a little time here with four of the them who shared insights and important lessons learned about death and dying.