It needs to spread, and the blog post I will link to, below, will offer some important pieces of information and a link or two to help the effort.
The goals include (a) preparing oneself to be able to respond, should the need arise; (b) prompting couples and families to have those all-important, but often delayed, discussions on end-of-life decisions; and (c) spreading the word of CaringBridge, a wonderful tool available to anyone whose loved one is facing serious and chronic illness, acute illness, or serious injury. Bill's post tells more.
Young couples, pay heed: Terry Schiavo, in her 20's when disaster struck, became a household word around 12 years later, when her husband filed for divorce so that he could move on. A court battle ensued, in which he and his wife's parents wrangled over what Terry would have wanted; whether she was medically viable; and whether the life-continuing equipment should be shut down. Having the needed conversations would have spared Ms. Schiavo those long years of total dependence on the care of others; would have spared her parents those same long years of believing that, any day, their daughter would return to them, and they could have said their good-byes much sooner.
Anyone mature enough to be living apart from parents and taking the responsibilities for her or his life is old enough to think about these things and have the Advanced Medical Directive drawn up. And, yes, I know even many young adults continue in the delusion of their own immortality, but preparing for the unthinkable is part of maturity.
Here, then, is the link to Bill Fisher's blog post. Please read it. Thank you.