All the efforts we put into prolonging life are of questionable value if we do not consider that the quality of life should also include the way we face death. This is the moral foundation of Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal. In his book, Gawande offers examples of freer, more socially fulfilling models for assisting the infirm and dependent elderly, and he explores the varieties of hospice care to demonstrate that a person's last weeks or months may be rich and dignified (link: ).