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End of Life - Options
Jan 29, 2024 - 2:43 PM - by It's Me!
Due to a number of circumstances that have occurred over the past few years, I've been forced to think about death and dying a lot lately. Watching my father struggle without my mother (who passed a little over a year ago), and my MiL do nothing but eat, sleep, and watch tv has led me to realize that I really don't want to be a burden on my kids once the productive aspects of my life are past. Obviously, I would love to be there for my boys, and their families (if they choose to have them), for as long as I can be. However, once my health starts to decline, I do not want to be a burden on them.

I helped take care of my grandfather as he was dying from cancer. Fortunately I was able to take time off of grad school to spend a couple of months with him before he passed, and I was thankful for it, but it's not pleasant having my last memories of that strong man being helping him go to the bathroom when he could still move, or moving him on his hospital bed while the nurse changed his diaper when it was finally time to call hospice in. And this week helping my dad get dressed after an out-patient surgical procedure, and seeing how slow he's started to move as he gets close to his 80s.

Do I think my kids would help me if I needed it? They're young right now, and as long as I don't do anything to ruin my relationship with them, I think they would but I don't want to do that to them. In essence, I want to make the hard decisions and get a plan into place so when the time comes I can spare them from having to make those decisions for me, or carrying memories that can't be erased.

Will they disagree? Maybe. Will they feel that I cheated them out of some time together? Maybe. But I know that life moves on, and they have lives to live and that I lived mine until I didn't want to any longer.

So I've been looking into euthanasia tourism in Europe. I've been to Europe a few times now, and it's always been a beautiful place to visit. I know a few countries... [Read More]
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Which are the best quotes from this film?
"I know. You know I know. I know you know I know. We know that Henry knows, and Henry knows we know it. We're a knowledgeable family." - Geoffrey, Duke of Brittany - 16.67%
1 Vote
"The sky's pocked with stars. What eyes the Wise Men must have had, to find a new one in so many. Perhaps there were fewer stars then ... I fancy there's a mystery in it." - Henry II (Henri d'Anjou) - 0%
0 Votes
"Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives. It's 1183 and we're Bah-barians!" - Eleanor of Aquitaine - 33.33%
2 Votes
"Oh, my piglets, we are the origins of war ... We carry it like syphilis inside. Dead bodies rot in field and stream because the living ones are rotten." - E - 33.33%
2 Votes
"All around me, kings, queens, knights, and I'm the only pawn. I haven't got a thing to lose. That makes me dangerous." - Alais - 0%
0 Votes
"If you're to be King, there's hope for every ape in Africa." - Geoffrey - 0%
0 Votes
[To an ornate necklace] "I'd hang you from the nipples. But you'd shock the children." - Eleanor - 33.33%
2 Votes
"You're not an assassin!" - Eleanor "I've never heard a corpse ask why it got so cold. Where do you think I learned this from?" - Richard (later, the "Lionhearted") - 0%
0 Votes
"Don't everybody sob at once. My God, if I went up in flames there's not a living soul who would -- pee on me to put the fire out!" - John "Let's strike a flint and see." - Richard - 16.67%
1 Vote
"How was your crossing? Did the Channel part for you?" - Henry "It went flat when I told it to. I didn't think to ask for more." - Eleanor - 50.00%
3 Votes
"We're jungle creatures, Henry, and the dark is all around us. See them? In the corners, you can see the eyes." - Eleanor "And they can see ours." - Henry - 0%
0 Votes
"Her eyes in certain light were violet, and all her teeth were even. That's a rare, fair feature: even teeth. She smiled to excess, but she chewed with real distinction." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"You hardly know me, Johnny, so I beg you to believe my reputation: I’m a constant soldier, a sometime poet ... and I will be King." - Richard - 0%
0 Votes
"How dear of you to let me out of jail." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"And Eleanor?" - Alais "The New Medusa, my wife? How many men do you know who dungeon up their wives? I haven't kept the Great Bitch in the keep out of passionate attachment." - Henry - 0%
0 Votes
"I’ve snapped and plotted all my life. There’s no other way to be a king, alive and fifty all at the same time." - Henry - 16.67%
1 Vote
"It’s a heavy thing, your nothing. When I write or send for you or speak or reach, your nothings come. Like stones." - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
"He's not going to see me beg." - Richard Why, you chivalric fool -- as if the way one fell down mattered. - Geoffrey "When the fall is all there is, it matters.” - 16.67%
1 Vote
"I could peel you like a pear, and God Himself would call it justice." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"Well ‒ what shall we hang? The holly or each other?" - Henry - 16.67%
1 Vote
"Whatever can you have gotten me? [Shakes present] It's my tombstone! Eleanor, you spoil me." - Henry - 16.67%
1 Vote
"He came down from the North to Paris with a mind like Aristotle's and a form like mortal sin. We shattered the Commandments on the spot." - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
"Just give me a little peace." - Henry "A little? Why so modest? How about eternal peace? Now, there's a thought." - Eleanor - 33.33%
2 Votes
"So the Royal Corkscrew finds me twisted, does he?" - Richard - 0%
0 Votes
"Child, in a world where carpenters get resurrected, everything is possible." - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
""I dressed my maids as Amazons and rode bare-breasted halfway to Damascus. Louis had a seizure and I damn near died of windburn... but the troops were dazzled." - Eleanor - 33.33%
2 Votes
"You love nothing. You are incomplete. The human parts of you are missing. You're as dead as you're deadly." - Richard - 0%
0 Votes
"I am sorry you're not fonder of me, lad. Your father always said, 'Be fond of stronger men.'" - Henry No wonder he loved everyone." - Philip - 0%
0 Votes
"Dear me, whatever is to be done with Mother?" - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
"I marvel at you after all these years. Still like a democratic drawbridge: going down for everybody." - Henry "At my age there's not much traffic anymore." - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
"I adored you. I still do." - Eleanor "Of all the lies you've told, that is the most terrible." - Henry "I know. That's why I've saved it up until now." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"There's no sense asking if the air is good if there's nothing else to breathe." - Henry - 16.67%
1 Vote
"What kind of spindly, ricket-ridden, milky, wizened, dim-eyed, gammy-handed, limpy line of things will you beget?" - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
"The day those stout hearts band together is the day that pigs get wings." - Henry "There'll be pork in the treetops come morning." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"I have a confession." - Eleanor "Yes?" - Henry "I don't much like our children." - 33.33%
2 Votes
"Rosamund's been dead for seven years..." - Henry "...two months and eighteen days. I never liked her much." "You count the days?" "I made the numbers up." - 16.67%
1 Vote
"Henry's bed is Henry's province. He can people it with sheep for all I care, which on occasion he has done." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"Hush dear, mother's fighting." - Eleanor - 16.67%
1 Vote
"We're in the cellar and you're going back to prison and my life is wasted and we've lost each other... and you're smiling." - Henry "It's the way I register despair." - Eleanor - 0%
0 Votes
"I'm vilifying you for God's sake - pay attention!" - Henry - 16.67%
1 Vote
"Oh Henry, we've mangled every thing we touch." - Eleanor "Deny us what you will, we have done that." - Henry - 16.67%
1 Vote
"You're not mine! We're not connected! I deny you! None of you will get my crown, I leave you nothing and I wish you plague! May all your children breach and die!" - Henry - 0%
0 Votes
"What we do in dungeons needs the shades of day. I stole the candles from the chapel. Jesus won't begrudge them and the chaplain works for me." – Henry - 0%
0 Votes
[While being jostled out of the way] “Cluck.” – :chicken: - 33.33%
2 Votes
There is no Poland quote in this film. :neverforgetpoland: - 16.67%
1 Vote
Total Votes: 6
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