A pending death in the family

I have no idea what the etiquette is on this one:

A close friend or relative is gravely or terminally ill. They live on the other side of the country. Do u drop everything & visit right away before they get worse or do u wait & hope they miraculously recover? I guess one would play it safe & jet but what if they don’t want visitors during their radiation treatments?

And, the great thing i’ve noticed lately about death is that all of a sudden everyone is on their best behaviour-no more family squabbles or tiffs-it’s really very nice but no doubt contributes to the overall exhaustion of the entire situation.

How strange is it for someone to be at work & enjoying life one day & told that they are dying the next? There are countless movies & books devoted to this question:

http://www.mongrelmedia.com/dvd/info.cgi?id=1441

Canadian film One Week with Joshua Jackson (from Toronto to Tofino) asks the question ‘What would u do when confronted with your own mortality?’

Another Canadian film Last Night with Don McKellar also speaks to the same issue but with a shorter time frame:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0156729/

What do u think?

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  1. Death and everything surrounding it is strange, so is life. I would like to think that if I were faced with it, I would tell everyone I love that I love them. But, really, I should be doing that anyway.

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