Neither of these options seem very palatable. Pretending it's not happening just means you shut people out - I know that I don't like other people to stop talking when I enter a room.
If people have read any Larry Niven, then they're probably as hesitant as I am about the corpsicle option. I don't even know if Australia has any cryonics facilities.
>From: Eugene Leitl[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Reply To: email@example.com
>Sent: Monday, April 19, 1999 12:00 PM
>Subject: ethical problem? Some kind of problem, anyway...
>O'Regan, Emlyn writes:
> > What does one do? Keep it to oneself? Go on regardless? Tell such a
> > person "Sorry you are going to die, bummer eh"?
>I personally would either a) not mentioning the i-word in the presense
>of the elderly, or, b) if that person can afford it, would outline the
>basics of cryonics (even if chances of it working are currently small).