I was touched by Charles Ornstein’s heartfelt story about his dying mother [Outlook, March 3]. At the beginning of his story, Mr. Ornstein commented that “doctors couldn’t tell us exactly what had gone wrong.” It is quite possible that nothing went wrong.

As difficult as it may be for those of us left behind, everyone dies at some point. And those who die seem to have a great deal of control over that end-of-life process.

Bill Barnard, McLean