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Old 10-13-2008, 11:40 PM   #21
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Without a doubt I would like to go to sleep one night and just not wake up. I would hate to suffer a slow painful death like my father did as he had pancreatic cancer that lasted for a year.

It's because of my father's death at a relatively young age of 58 that I am determined that I will not be flogging myself to death for any job up until I reach normal retirement age. It's another reason why I don't deprive myself of those things that I want now. As long as it is all in moderation I say go for it.
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Old 10-13-2008, 11:57 PM   #22
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:05 AM   #23
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In another month, I will be the age that my husband was when he died. It's something that I think about too. My husband didn't have any prior warning of his death (diagnosed and died the same day). I am very grateful that we traveled during the last two years before his death. It's very important to treat yourself to guilty pleasures once in a while. Spread those pleasures out over your lifetime...just in case.
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I want the first stroke to be the last one.
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Most women complain when that happens...
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Massive fatal coronary while having sex, or shall I say coming and going all at the same time.
Hopefully with someone else, although I think this would tend to put a real damper on the relationship...
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Old 10-14-2008, 07:09 PM   #27
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Hopefully with someone else, although I think this would tend to put a real damper on the relationship...
well, there wouldn't be any relationship to speak of
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I wouldn't mind something quick and painless. I've also often thought that I'd like to be in control of my exit.

Burning and drowning on the top two ways I wouldn't want to go.
Moemg, no, I'm about 10 years from that age, but you know us LBYM types. We are always planning ahead.

Marquette, actually, I almost drowned twice. Once I was in a kayak hanging upside down and trying desperately to right myself. After about 40 to 50 seconds of almost getting myself turned and then drinking more water, I thought, "Hm...so this could be the end. OK, that's nice." It was actually more peaceful than I thought it would be. Of course, then I remembered that I could pull the kayak skirt and just swim to the surface.
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wow, heavy duty topic. but it got me thinking...in a good way, i think.
i'll choose the "quick and dirty" exit, as most folks would wish for. but with one caveat, and this comes from my own experience firsthand on losing loved ones..."quick and dirty" in my sleep, not from something that will rattle my loved ones (such as cancer, heart attack, severe accident) from the shock.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:34 AM   #33
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Marquette, actually, I almost drowned twice....I thought, "Hm...so this could be the end. OK, that's nice." It was actually more peaceful than I thought it would be.
i've heard on a few occassions that drowning is a peaceful death but i don't know of anyone who came back to confirm.
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Old 10-15-2008, 11:55 AM   #34
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I like the Scott Nearing exit his wife Helen wrote about in Loving and Leaving the Good Life. Totally in control and just stopping eating one day, with all my wits about me, at the end of a good life. I can only hope. Barring that, I've got a younger cousin who said she'd drop me off in the woods and if I can find my way back, I'm still viable.
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That's not what I'm worried about. My mom died when she was only 46 of a massive brain hemorrhage. It was probably not a bad way to die, but I'm thinking that all this LBYM stuff, I'd like to know roughly when I'm about to croak so that I can live it up and do everything LBeyondMY. I'd go travel, drive a nice sports car instead of my crappy van, and of course, visit Shangri-La every time I want to.
Heck, I've been doing that the last 10 years or so. I have reserved the following sports to learn when I reach 72: sky-diving; and/or scuba diving. If I make a mistake, it's over quick.
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Barring that, I've got a younger cousin who said she'd drop me off in the woods and if I can find my way back, I'm still viable.
Might want to wear different shoes!
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That might be part of the test HFWR!
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i've heard on a few occassions that drowning is a peaceful death but i don't know of anyone who came back to confirm.
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My mother's father almost drowned as a young man; he said the drowning was peaceful, it was the rescuing that was painful.
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i've heard on a few occassions that drowning is a peaceful death but i don't know of anyone who came back to confirm.
I know that your post was meant humorously, but---last February, Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica---came about as close as one can, but survive; I confirm.
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