This blog post is a place for listeners of the Thursday January 15 2015 End-of-Life University interview to engage further with me and one another. Feel free to post questions and comments here. Bart Windrum .
Haphazard Encounters of the Last Kind (Why Everyone Hates the Thought of Dying) One sentence abstract: Just as price transparency is required for a financially equitable and true marketplace, treatment orientation transparency is required for just and peaceful dying. Since 2004–05 as a result of my parents’ three-week terminal hospitalizations (Mom’s, comatose and intubated in […]
Bite the dust, the big one. Buy the farm. Cash in your chips. Check out. Croak. Cross over. Depart. Expire. Give up the ghost. Good to go. Gone to your reward. Kick the bucket. Meet your maker. Off the mortal coil. Pass on or away. Pushing up daisies. What do these phrases, these substitutes for […]
I don’t know why, during August 2012, this thought arose in my mind: We have only one non-euphemistic word for dying (‘dying’). Eskimos have lots of words for snow—wouldn’t it be useful for us if we had a set of new words for dying that accurately described the predominant patient-family experience in the various circumstances […]
. In order to achieve a peaceful death, patient-families, that is all of we citizens, actually need to do something. “Something” is a range of things comprising a bit of study and contemplation. I’ll share what I consider to be the most important aspects. 1. Become familiar with how we die in a technological society. […]
Coupla nights ago I attended an evening hosted by the Boulder-based Men’s Leadership Alliance at the Boulder Shambala Center. Topic: dying and death. Attended by a mixed-gender group comprised of 20-somethings to 70-somethings. This was an interesting mix of people! I was curious as to what might transpire (I’m familiar with, tho not schooled in, […]