Are they talking about the Tom West, of Soul of a New Machine fame?
If his Wikipedia article is to be believed, then they are indeed. The author is listed as Jessamyn West, who is mentioned on the wiki article.
Holy shit, I just started reading that last week
Some cultures (scandinavian comes to mind, not sure which specifically but possibly all) have norms for putting affairs in order. I recall a story of a man creating a file containing each and every document which would be required, lists of services to be cancelled, and even including postmarked envelopes addressed to where death certificates needed to go, along with an envelope of cash to account for fees and increases in stamp prices!
Great article and a reason to not blanket-ban content hosted on Medium.
…until this article is thrown behind a paywall.