BUCKET LIST COMPANIONS ™ Founded September 2014 Welcome to Bucket List Companions. Bucket List Companions was created in honor of my longtime friend, Attorney Edward S. Klemonski, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given months to live. While he was able, we visited places important to him and did things that let him live life to the fullest and with joy and meaning as he desired. Ed died at home with dignity, his music, and his loving friends around him. Helping my friend create his bucket list and successfully experience each item with joy and pleasure was one of the most meaningful spiritual experiences of my life. My experience with Ed convinced me that people have a human right to die with dignity, and that if they want or have a Bucket List, I want to help them live it. I want to be their Bucket List Companion if they want one.
Ideas on Reimagining End of Life for OpenIDEO (June 13, 2016) Questions first: • What is the financial cost for each day of life at time of terminally diagnosis? • What is the quality of life for each day of cost? a) Who determines issues of quality? • What choices do terminally diagnosed people/patient have? a) Do nothing and die naturally. b) Seek or accept medical intervention to prolong life (at all costs). c) Chose a date certain to die without pain, and with dignity. d) Who benefits and/or profits from a right-to-die decision? Conclusion: Death by current societal rules, government laws and regulation, religious dogma and guilt are absolutely slanted to the principal of extending life at all costs and pain, agony, and dignity of the person, regardless of their wishes. We must ask the question: Since when must we, as free thinkers, be denied our right to free choice when it comes to our death? Consider that society allows and supports our right to get silly drunk and or strung out on manufactured drugs, then run our vehicle into a bridge, on-coming traffic, or into a crowd of innocent people. This is deemed to be commercially and politically okay because profits are made and taxes are paid! Suggestion: When someone exercises their right-to-die with dignity and thereby generate savings for society and profits for the medical industrial complex, they should be given (or have) access up to twenty percent (20%) of public/private saved costs to fulfill a personal Bucket List of activities and experiences (including dying ceremony, with family and friends) within last six months of death.