Available on Netflix, “Lullaby” is a movie by Andrew Levitas about a dysfunctional family that is reunited by end-of-life issues. Jonathan is a young man living on the opposite coast from his wealthy New York family. Although they have been estranged for years, Jonathan agrees to visit his terminally ill father when he learns that he wishes to be taken off life support within 48 hours.
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal discussed how and why doctors die differently than most of their patients. Although the article is generally interesting, there was one statistic that caught our attention: a survey of doctors showed that 64% of them had planned for potential incapacity by executing an advanced directive. This figure is remarkable because, in general, only 20% of Americans have advanced directives.