This website is by and for people who wish to approach their end-of-life planning with courage, humility, and consideration for others.
It is operated by Gregg B. Jackson, a Professor Emeritus at The George Washington University, who did most of the initial research, while facing a cancer scare, which, after seven months, was judged to be a false alarm—although it might later prove to have been a premature alarm.
On the topic of dying, Jackson is not an expert, but rather a curious and reflective student. As a friend and neighbor of several people in their 70s and older, he has witnessed firsthand the varied pace but inexorable advance of disease, infirmity, and death. As a former Boy Scout and former project manager, he has always sought to be prepared in advance for likely difficulties. And as a retired professor, he has an inclination to dig deeply into new topics and share his resulting knowledge with others.
Just as learning to live is a life-long process, learning to approach the end-of-life is an extended process continuing until death. Jackson expects to learn from users' submissions to the website and will modify and expand the content of the site over time.
He has no intention, however, of devoting himself to dying. Over the coming years he will be spending only a small portion of his time managing this website and learning how to die gracefully. He also intends to live well—despite encroaching limitations. He writes young children's stories at www.CoolHeadStories.com. He began www.WebPathTours.com to provide many of the pleasures of international travel without the expenses, inconveniences, and large carbon footprint of such travel. He coordinates a forum on strategies for simplifying modern living at www.Simple101.org. And he has founded NakedTruthBank.com, the first full-disclosure bank in the United States.
We welcome links to this website and suggestions about other websites with high-quality content to which we should link.
This is a public service website. There is no advertising or corporate sponsorship.
Gratitude is owed to I. Brooks Menessa for comments and suggestions on a draft of the website. Thanks are due to Nan Fornal for her careful editing. It should be noted that Jackson often subsequently fusses with the text and sometimes introduces glitches for which Nan has no responsibility.
All images on this site have been licensed from iStockPhoto.com.
Copyright 2013, 2015 Gregg B. Jackson