There was a book that was published several years ago entitled The American Way of Death that focused on the funeral industry and how it was changed by consumerism. Americans were shocked. New York Magazine offers an update on the process of going from vibrant alive person to the funeral home, found here, that is worth a read. In this sad tale, the author follows his mother’s journey through the health care system. It is a tale of progressive disability (the mother), a well intentioned but naive belief in the rightness of the advice given to them (the family), and either ignorance or profiteering (the doctors). Worth the read.