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The Bright Side of Death

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ScienceDaily
Apr. 30, 2012

Awareness of mortality can result in positive behaviors

Contemplating death doesn't necessarily lead to morose despondency, fear, aggression or other negative behaviors, as previous research has suggested. Following a review of dozens of studies, University of Missouri researchers found that thoughts of mortality can lead to decreased militaristic attitudes, better health decisions, increased altruism and helpfulness, and reduced divorce rates.

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How Thinking About Death Can Lead to a Good Life (Society for Personality and Social Psychology)

 

The Dead Have Something to Tell You

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The New York Times
Published: October 27, 2012

ONCE, we commemorated the dead, left out offerings to feed them and lamps to guide them home. These days, Halloween has drifted far from its roots in pagan and Catholic festivals, and the spirits we appease are no longer those of the dead: needy ghosts have been replaced by costumed children demanding treats.

Over the last century, as Europeans and North Americans began sequestering the dying and dead away from everyday life, our society has been pushing death to the margins. We tune in to television shows about serial killers, but real bodies are hidden from view, edited out of news coverage, secreted behind hospital curtains. The result, as Michael Lesy wrote in his 1987 book “The Forbidden Zone,” is that when death does occur, “it reverberates like a handclap in an empty auditorium.”

It wasn’t always this way.

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Transforming the American End-of-Life Experience

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OK to Die Blog
Friday, 24 August 2012

My Baby Boomer Predictions

The Baby Boomers, the largest generation in American history, are now almost all in the last 1/3 of their lives (if average life expectancy is 78). They have spent the previous, early and middle thirds of their lives transforming cultural ideas, expectations and practices (e.g  with the Civil Rights movement, Environmental movement and Women’s movement, etc).

The question now is: “Will the Baby Boomers also transform our cultural ideas, expectations, and practices regarding the End-of-Life?”

I, for one, say “YES!” Here are my predictions and recommendations for this generation of “revolutionaries.”

Read the full article at OK to Die Blog

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:24 )
 

Grieving daughter critical of funeral costs

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The Chronicle Herald
Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 19, 2012

Thousands of dollars worth of unwanted, unnecessary 'services' hidden within home’s package deal.

 TRAGEDY STRUCK JENNIE MORROW’s family twice this year. After her sister died of lung cancer in the spring, her mother succumbed to a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease in the summer.

But the two funerals couldn’t have been more different.

While she says her sister’s funeral was fairly priced, she says her mother’s funeral was a costly affair punctuated by forced package deals, misleading funeral directors and disingenuous contracts.

Read the full article at The Chronicle Herald

Thanks to the HVCC Mortuary Science Alumni & Student Assoc for alerting us to this article.

 

"You are a new man now, Daddy"

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OK to Die Blog
Friday, 27 July 2012

One family's remarkable peace with choosing a natural death over surgery for a debilitated loved one.

Mr. Omer had once held a position of social prominence, a moral influence on the lives of individuals and communities; until one year ago. A construction accident changed everything. He suffered injuries that left him in control of only one side of his body and his mind functioning as a 5 year old child.

Most recently, he had resided in an extended rehabilitation nursing facility, until yesterday.

When the nurse tried to arouse him from an unusually long nap, she could not. Upon orders from the facility’s doctor, he was sent for a Cat Scan of his head and then rushed to my care in the Emergency Department.

Mr. Omer arrived to bed 25 and his Cat Scan report was placed in my hand, "Large acute subdural hematoma with midline shift and… herniation.

Read the full article at OK to Die Blog

 


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