The library is filled with famous last words, but for my money the best parting line was William Saroyan’s, phoned in to the Associated Press days before he died from cancer in 1981.

“Everybody has got to die,” the great Fresno writer said, “but I have always believed an exception would be made in my case. What now?”

A little over a year since the End of Life Option Act went into effect, California is a little closer, but not nearly close enough, to answering Saroyan’s terminal question: What now?

Seven years ago, Dr. Atul Gawande, the surgeon author of the best-selling “Being Mortal,” fired this warning shot in The New Yorker:

In a culture at war with death, calling off the “fight” is reflexively viewed as defeat. You (or your loved ones) must never say die. Until, of course, you die. (…) Read Full Article Here

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