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Robin Williams: All Our Hearts are Broken

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Robin Williams: All our Hearts are Broken

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By now you’ve surely heard the news about Mork, Peter Pan, the Genie, Captain, and Mrs. Doubtfire. Yesterday we were eating dinner, and in the last seconds of the world news, I thought I lost my mind. I could’ve sworn I heard them say “Robin Williams found dead after apparent suicide, his rep reports.” My mouth fell open, and I immediately caught myself looking to my children sitting around me. Their mouths fell open, and one said so innocently, “Mrs. Doubtfire died?” I swallowed the growing lump in my throat.

It’s amazing how some actors and actresses can really get into your head, and heart. After so many award winning, best role playing movies, the just sort of become part of your life. Maybe it’s the movie messages that you like, or the deep depths of characters that they are able to play effortlessly. Regardless of why you liked them, it’s more than obvious today just how many lives Robin Williams touched. All age groups, all around the world.

What were your favorite Robin Williams movies?

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Aladdin

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Mrs. Doubtfire  51QvwAcIt6L._SL75_

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Good Morning, Vietnam 51BXFQJNB4L._SL75_

Whatever your favorite movie was, whoever the celebrity is that hits your heart… please remember that if you’re facing the black depths of depression, reach out to anyone. Whether it be a stranger, professional, or family member, please let someone know where you head is. Whatever your age, it can happen. It can creep in, and fester. You’re never alone in this world…there’s always someone there to listen.

Not only was Robin Williams a fabulous actor and person, he was also a huge fundraiser in the Scleroderma world, often partnering with fellow comedians, like Bob Saget, to raise money around the world for research of this autoimmune killer. It’s hard to fathom who will be able to step in and fill those shoes, but I am hopeful someone at least tries.

“But only in their dreams can men be truly free, ‘Twas always thus, and always thus will be.”

RIP RW

Who will Stand Up for You? Choosing the Best to Represent Your End of Life Wishes

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Who will Stand Up for You? Choosing the Best to Represent Your End of Life Wishes

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Sometime in your years, you’re going to need to depend on someone to know, understand, and follow out your wishes. This is an inevitable part of life. The issues that you should consider before you decide on who you want to be, “your person,” (or people) for lack of a better word, should include your end-of-life wants, estate planning, POA planning, and more. In many States, and in many families, this is a heated issue.

Should family members be required to follow a person’s wants, even if they are incapacitated, and cannot make the decision?? Should the family members be able to do what they want to do, because they see the 1% chance that recovery *may* happen, as the light at the end of the tunnel?? Should any family member have the right to trump the written, signed decree, to prolong a life that is less than quality, or satisfactory for the person now bedridden, or whose life has been changed forever?

With the situations that our family has dealt with in the past few years, and are currently dealing with, I implore you to make sure that the person, or people, you select to do this for you are trust worthy, and have never, ever made you question their loyalty. Even those in your life who smile to your face, invite you to birthday parties, post on your Facebook page occasionally, and front to others as if they care. Don’t just pick any one, take your time, and have those conversations. Observe them, and their actions with others. If they have dealt with these types of situations before, check their track record.

The most important thing to remember is that your end of life rights and wants are just that—YOURS. There is no question that whatever YOU want to happen in the end is YOUR choice. While it’s never easy for any family member to say good-bye, at no time do YOUR rights cease to matter before your last breath.

If you are faced with this currently, ask yourself these questions about your possible POA, or caregiver:

-Will this person honor my wishes 100%? Even if it means taking personal hits to defend my rights?

-Does this/these people have my best interest at heart? And mind?

-Have these people caused distress in my life, at any time, over the years?

-Are they there when I need them? Or only when I’ve got something to give, or they can benefit?

-Does this person/people show respect to me at all times?

-Does this person/people stand up for me, when I cannot defend myself?

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If you’re interested in reading more about estate planning in Indiana, check out this book that covers just about everything! The Complete Guide to Estate Planning in Indiana on Amazon. Or get updates on Living Wills, Wills, and End of Life Rights by checking out the book, Healthcare power of Attorney and Living Will Kit, also on Amazon.

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On a personal note, it should be stated that this was spurred from current drama, and nonsense, by a group of “adults” who would rather treat people like their own possessions, and push their own needs on to them, rather than doing what said person wants in the first place. Thankfully, these “adults” are not the ones that will see to it that this person will have every single one of her wishes honored, at whatever cost. I will assist those honoring those wishes at any cost. <3 nlb <3