The video below is a few years old, but it just gets more relevant with time. Brokaw's talk with his daughter about his end-of-life wishes -- and how their family has come to believe in the importance of advance care planning -- preceded this year's bestselling book Being Mortal, in which surgeon and author Atul Gawande discusses why it's important for families to have these conversations.
As Jennifer Brokaw says, talking as a family is even more important as medicine grows increasingly specialized. "We’re not going to be talking to one physician” at the end of life, she says. “We’re going to be talking to a lot of -ologists,” who will provide more varied, fragmented prognoses on which families will base their decisions.