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Making decisions for loved one’s final days

By Warren Wolfe
Star Tribune
July 19, 2012

Sue Schettle has spent the past three years coordinating an ambitious campaign to help Minnesotans make better end-of-life medical choices. As CEO of the Twin Cities Medical Society, she’s seen how often big decisions go wrong at difficult moments.

Then she found out that her sister, who almost died from complications of emphysema 18 months ago, had made a big decision of her own: She had designated Schettle to be her “health care agent” to decide on proper care in case she is unable to speak for herself.

“This is very different from talking with other people about the benefits of planning for the end of life,” said Schettle, 47, as she visited her sister, Pam Lyons. “This is real, and it’s personal.” More