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The Globe and Mail was granted special access to the critical-care unit at Toronto's Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and followed patients and families as they confronted one of the most complex questions in health care: How does one prepare for the end of life? The Pritchard family tells their story of Betty, 86, who penned her wishes on a piece of paper, letting her family know what she wanted done if she became critically ill. That moment came when she fell sideways down the stairs.

The Globe and Mail gained special access into Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre critical care unit, where a reporter and photographer spent months following four patients facing end of life issues, tracking their experiences in real time.

Betty Pritchard, 86, penned her wishes on a piece of paper, letting her family know what she wanted done if she became critically ill and faced a lifetime of extreme physical disability. That moment came when she fell sideways down the stairs.

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