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View Poll Results: The Worst Way to Die
Physical trauma
1
4.35%
Some kind of cancer
6
26.09%
Alzheimer's
7
30.43%
Fire/smoke
3
13.04%
Drowned
2
8.70%
Poisoned
0
0%
Murdered
1
4.35%
Organ failure
0
0%
Suffocation
2
8.70%
COVID
1
4.35%
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The Worst Way to Die

Old 06-09-22, 03:31 PM
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The Worst Way to Die

Don't mean to trigger anyone... no need to elaborate.
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Old 06-09-22, 04:07 PM
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The way anybody dies. You never really get to compare it with another way.

Maybe with multiple organ failure you have a chance.
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Old 06-09-22, 04:13 PM
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Your poll isn't big enough. There's a million ways to die.
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Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
Your poll isn't big enough. There's a million ways to die.
Wrong. There is Eight Million Ways to Die, the title of one of the best books in the great Mathew Scudder series of crime novels by Lawrence Block. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0050C875I It is the fifth book in the series, following A Stab in the Dark and preceding When the Sacred Ginmill Closes. It is the book where Scudder has to come to terms with his drinking, and the basis (sort of) for a not-very-good film with excellent performances by Jeff Bridges and Andy Garcia. Winner of the Shamus award as best novel, and shortlisted for the Edgar award.

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Buried up to the neck in the Algerian desert and eaten by vultures beginning with the eyes like in a Paul Bowles story.

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The worst way to die is with regret for the things you didn't do, because you were too afraid to live.
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Of all the poll options listed I chose cancer. I donít know how I would handle knowing that it could be a prolonged and painful death.

I did almost drown once. I have no recollection of it other than knowing I was going under and coming to after being pulled from the water. I donít know but I assume that lack of recollection may be due to the bodyís ability to suppress mental damage due to trauma.
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Took care of a loved one with Alzheimer's for 2+ years. She had no idea who she was or who I was. She was happy and well cared for. I would not want to die that way because of the impact on my loved ones. I want to go quick when the time comes. The four people that I watched die? It was painful.
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Slowly and in great pain... IE suffering.
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What a morbid subject, but I'll add something. I remember hearing about a lynching murder where someone was chained & dragged behind a vehicle until dead. I can't imagine a worse way to go.
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I want my last words to be "Oh ****!" or "I can fix this" then sudden death.

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In the book, "A Tan and Sandy Silence" by John D MacDonald there is a description of a torture death by burying people up to their neck in low tide sand, such that they slowly drown as the tide comes in and they are swept over by wave after wave.

At first, they hold their breath...
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Originally Posted by nomadmax View Post
The worst way to die is with regret for the things you didn't do, because you were too afraid to live.

And the nomination goes to....
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With Alzheimer's the worst part is for the other loved ones in your life. I guess it has to be pretty rough on a personal level in the beginning, but after a while you have no real grasp on reality, time, acquaintances. All the people involved in your life get to watch you become a stranger.

One of my friend's grandmother had it and to be frank, for her it must have been pretty great. She thought she was young again and in Miami of long ago. Always very happy. The only time she got sad was when they wouldn't let her go out dancing. Actually died of exposure on a walkabout. Another of our friends grandfather had it and he was just pissed off.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
With Alzheimer's the worst part is for the other loved ones in your life.
It was a news story about an Alzheimer patient that made me post this.
My wife's grandmother lived as a ghost, in a bed, with no teeth, no sense that she was even there for YEARS before she finally passed.
Yeah, it was tough on everyone, and expensive care, and if that ever happens to me - I request an OD of morphine. You all can vouch for me now... I should probably do a declaration of whatever they call it and get a lawyer to sign it for me.

So I voted Alzheimer's because a long, slow, expensive, and mindless, death to me would be the worst.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
It was a news story about an Alzheimer patient that made me post this.
My wife's grandmother lived as a ghost, in a bed, with no teeth, no sense that she was even there for YEARS before she finally passed.
Yeah, it was tough on everyone, and expensive care, and if that ever happens to me - I request an OD of morphine. You all can vouch for me now... I should probably do a declaration of whatever they call it and get a lawyer to sign it for me.

So I voted Alzheimer's because a long, slow, expensive, and mindless, death to me would be the worst.
Yup I agree. My grandmother died from that. Took years before she died.
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Originally Posted by DiabloScott View Post
It was a news story about an Alzheimer patient that made me post this.
My wife's grandmother lived as a ghost, in a bed, with no teeth, no sense that she was even there for YEARS before she finally passed.
Yeah, it was tough on everyone, and expensive care, and if that ever happens to me - I request an OD of morphine. You all can vouch for me now... I should probably do a declaration of whatever they call it and get a lawyer to sign it for me.

So I voted Alzheimer's because a long, slow, expensive, and mindless, death to me would be the worst.
It was rather a trip, in that the disease doesn't always rob you of everything. The lady I spoke of above had been REALLY good at chess. She showed her grandson how to play, and in turn several of the guys in the neighborhood and she would come out and kick everyone's ass in a game.
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Alzheimer's is on my list of things I'm ruthlessly trying to avoid. If any of the research is valid that shows at least some forms of it are linked to insulin resistance, I should be good. My MIL is in rapid decline with it now. She remembers more of her childhood than he last several years - or even hours.

Same with T2D which is the #1 100% voluntary disease in the world. No thanks.

I have a diabetic step father who has lost a retina and still refuses to change his diet - he'd rather die a protracted degenerative death than give up ice cream. His life he can choose to die the way he wants but looking into the future and the impact he will have on my Mom is non-trivial.

I've lost several relatives to T2D related issues and they all ate themselves slowly into the ground.

They are largely the reason I'm doing what I can to make sure I have the most life in my years... and if I'm lucky my last words will be, as above, "Oh ***!" then lights out without time to actually ponder it.

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"If your Good, you live forever. If your Bad, you die when you die..."
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I question weather God existed then I realized he must because he gave us ice cold beer and rock n roll. So dying without a God and cold beer and a style of music you like. Then that wouldn’t be good.
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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
Of all the poll options listed I chose cancer. I donít know how I would handle knowing that it could be a prolonged and painful death.

I did almost drown once. I have no recollection of it other than knowing I was going under and coming to after being pulled from the water. I donít know but I assume that lack of recollection may be due to the bodyís ability to suppress mental damage due to trauma.
'prolonged and painful', that's exactly why I also voted Cancer.
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On the other hand, the best way I’d hope for would be dying at the age of 97 in the arms of a beautiful woman after being shot by a jealous husband.
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Originally Posted by Juan Foote View Post
It was rather a trip, in that the disease doesn't always rob you of everything. The lady I spoke of above had been REALLY good at chess. She showed her grandson how to play, and in turn several of the guys in the neighborhood and she would come out and kick everyone's ass in a game.
that is effing crazy.
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