End-of-Life issues, care and the topic of death and dying in general need a ‘sexier’ image. I find that many do not want to delve into such conversation. There are no plans in place for ‘what if.’ Family does not know what other family members would want should such a situation arise. I keep reflecting on why people do not want to discuss their own mortality. ‘To be born, one must die.’ Death is part of the cycle of life.
Society celebrates pregnancy, birth and all the events that lead up to death; all the ‘happy’ occasions. Death and dying is somber. What if we viewed the rituals associated with death as a time to celebrate the life of the deceased? People whether family, friend, colleague or neighbor share stories, memories, videos while at the same time reflecting and grieving. Would this make the topic of death easier in a sense?
I have created a list of URL’s below that focus on Death, Dying, Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia. The links will provide stories, information, videos and most importantly make you think about this topic and provide you with lots to reflect on. Please forward any others resources on Death, Dying, End-of-Life Care to me so we can continue to build this resource list. firstname.lastname@example.org
Any book written by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Victoria Brewster, MSW