Often, people plan the details of their postdeath arrangements with great precision.
In the intensive care unit, people are often robbed of the things they want to say and do.
They may not be able to be with the people they love most.
The details had all been discussed over the last days, as family and friends prepared for the inevitable.
As an intensive care unit nurse, I soon realized that a simple death was a gift; not everyone would have an opportunity to be together with family, talking and sharing stories, often mending fences and sharing prayers.