For many the prospect of death is too horrendous to contemplate so that any example how to handle it needs to be hailed. In this case the example is set by Senator Ted Kennedy writing a letter to the Massachusetts legislature to ask a law be changed so that should he be unable to someone may be appointed to finish his term rather than wait the 4 to 6 months for a special election. Some may see politics behind his action. Yet, given his brain cancer his request holds every indication that he’s facing the death that is before him and taking care of those things that are important to him before he goes. The courage and clarity it speaks of are not only moving they do become a vibrant example of how to face our last chapter.