If you missed this video when it made the rounds a few months back, I highly recommend watching it. Wait til you have 15 minutes of alone time and a box of tissues handy.
Keith Olbermann, our great hero of the mainstream media, lost his father recently, and he used the experience as a platform to call for change.
Both my brother-in-law and my sister-in-law lost their fathers during this past year - two good men who had been a part of my life for a very long time. Each illness death was, of course, a unique and painful experience. But both families had good care, and they had choices. It helped, a lot.