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June 19, 2019

4/5/2005 3:52:00 PM
Agony can be avoided

After the obscene spectacle of politicians hijacking the personal tragedy of Terri Schiavo for their personal gain, it’s oddly appropriate that the best comment to come out of the whole mess should come from a politician.

Here is what Sen. Dick Durbin said following Schiavo’s death:

“The valuable life lesson from the sad case of Terri Schiavo is this: If you do not want critical decisions about your life made by lawyers, judges, politicians and media hucksters, take the time to make a living will, sign an organ donor card and let family members you know and trust know your wishes.”

The Illinois Department of Public Health ( has information and forms on “advance directives;” a living will is easy enough to make on your own, but attorneys can help if you have questions. The Illinois Secretary of State’s office ( has information on how to register as an organ donor. That’s easy, too.

If this kind of simple preparation can spare even one family the agony of dealing with end-of-life issues, maybe something good will have come out of the Schiavo tragedy.

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