Taking responsibility for death is a crucial aspect in life today. Susan Jacoby addresses that concept from a first hand perspective in her New York Times article. Susan discusses how the process of her mother’s death was less stressful because her mother made her wishes clear. In the article, Susan argues that too few Americans are taking on the responsibility of making end-of-life decisions. In my opinion, every American should have the responsibility to make these decisions. Each individual is accountable for his or her own destiny, and that includes his or her dying process. If a patient does not want to suffer through treatment, they shouldn’t have to. They need to make these decisions when they are right-minded and need to make their wishes known to their family. Susan shed light on an interesting aspect of end-of-life decisions. About 70% of Americans believe patients should be allowed to die when they want. However, only one-third of Americans have a living will, and only 69% have conversed with their spouse about it. I personally believe that it is important to express your wishes to your family members, so if something does happen, someone close to you would be able to make the right decisions. Also, I agree with Susan’s argument about the cost of treatment. Her mother did not want to continue staying at the hospital because of the extreme costs of treatment. This is an aspect of end-of-life decisions that people need to consider as well. As mentioned in the article, the average hospital cost is $6,000 a day. In some cases, the cost is a burden to the family left behind, so it should be considered. When the family is well informed of the patient’s wishes, they can question a decision made by a healthcare provider. The healthcare provider would not know the patient personally like the family member would, thus the family member should intervene and question the healthcare provider when making important decisions.