Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Occupy Death? Absolutely!!

This is such a good TED lecture - Dr. Peter Saul speaks right to the point of so many of the topics the Community Ethics Committee has wrestled with in our end-of-life discussions.

The medicalization of death; becoming political and taking the vocabulary of the "natural birth" movement from the 1980s and using that same language to talk about a "natural death" in the 2010s; and becoming proactive about taking this discussion away from euthanasia and physician assisted suicide and instead talking about occupying death - having the Conversation and sparing our friends and families the trauma of not talking about what we all know will come.

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