Alexandra Bruce
May 26, 2013

Americans – and maybe Westerners in general are not well-prepared for our own deaths, let alone the pragmatic decisions that must be made not only at the death of our loved ones, but in the years leading up to them.

If we fully understood that we were spiritual beings having a human experience, which is my personal belief, things might be less rough for older folks and the way that they are manhandled at the end of their bodies’ lives.

Judy MacDonald Johnston, former Worldwide Project Marketing Manager at Hewlett Packard and co-founder/publisher of Blue Lake Children’s Publishing, shares how she managed the “End of Life” scenarios of two loved ones and how this may serve as an example for any of us who are ill-prepared for the inevitable.


May 5, 2013

Previously Johnston was a Worldwide Project Marketing Manager at Hewlett Packard, Judy MacDonald Johnston is the Publisher and Cofounder of Blue Lake Children’s Publishing, which develops educational reading tools for preschoolers through a program called the Tessy and Tab Reading Club. Johnston’s credo, “love words early,” and her focus on the earliest years of life, is an interesting foil for her other passion: Planning for end of life.

Johnston’s side project, Good [End of] Life, deals not with happy babies decoding symbols, but with a much more morbid topic: Death. Good [End of] Life is a set of online worksheets and practices that aim to help deal with difficult questions — like who should speak for you if you cannot speak, and whether to fill out a do-not-resuscitate form — before it’s too late.

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