September 1st, 2009
12:06 PM ET

Are you thinking about end-of-life discussions?

By Tim Langmaid
CNN Medical Managing Editor

Some of the dust has settled from the health care reform debate surrounding end-of-life care (otherwise known as the "death panels"). To say that it became a focal point of the debate doesn't fully capture what happened. It was such a hotly contested issue that a leading senator said such discussion would not be part of the reform bill that emerges from the Senate.

How we choose to spend our final days is not only a very personal decision, it also touches on a number of other intimate issues including our religious beliefs. In fact, there may not be a more personal question than "How would you like to spend the days before you die?"

One potential benefit of all the talk (and indeed some of the shouting) about end-of-life care during the health care reform debate is that it may have spurred some folks to have the discussion with their loved ones. That certainly would be the "glass half full" view. So I wanted to ask you: Did the debate over end-of-life care prompt you to think about your preferences? Have you talked with your family? How did it go? Are you still waiting to have the talk with your loved ones? Why are you waiting? We'd like to hear from you.

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