June 15, 2011

Rites

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Kevorkian saw himself as King or Mandela. I saw him as more creepy than courageous. I didn’t understand that he was intentionally provocative. In the HBO documentary Kevorkian, he says, “Someone has to go to jail for change to happen.” And he did, and change happened.

He died as he intended, quietly and without pain. Just the way he intended for all of us to die, as we choose, and with dignity. But his was not a quiet life. His New York Times obituary confirms the controversial paradigm shift Read the rest of this entry »

May 25, 2011

What To Expect

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We don’t want to feel pain. For over a century, science and medicine have been devoted to the reduction of it. This movement can be tracked in the history of child birth practices, and a similar movement, bringing consciousness to the process of dying, is in its infancy. First a look at how we come in.

In 1900, 90% of birth was at home. Fifty years later, 90% of births were in a hospital under general anesthesia. As a result, Read the rest of this entry »