Healthy Dying

Interesting article – we are dying at every moment – to the past. But somehow I feel no grief in that, or I do, for the past that was wonderful. This post made me think – I have reblogged it to my Archive – Gentle Ignition. wordpress.com Thank you! Oh, I believe we have died many times. I wonder if we get “better” at doing it?

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This post was inspired by a recent Tricycle article, “Death as a Spiritual Experience.” Our culture is so death phobic, yet paradoxically so entertained by violent death, that the idea of healthy dying seems counterintuitive. The much touted public health concept of “Healthy Ageing” conveniently omits the final chapter — dying, which would seem to contradict, or at least undermine, the goal of health.  How could dying possibly be healthy?

The rational solution to the problem of assuming that dying must be unhealthy, is of course government approved “physician-assisted” dying or euthanasia.  An alternative approach, which considers dying a natural process and an opportunity for healing, is of course palliative care. Offering support to patients and families through the illness, dying, and bereavement process alleviates a measure of suffering by offering to mend  breaches of connection, or heal relationships between family members. These include breaches…

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