thoughts on dying

There was an article last week in the times about a project going on at the hospital where i work.

the article talks some about perceptions in the Navajo community about death and a program to try to get elders in the community to make end of life plans, advance directives. The article deals some with cultural aspects of the Navajo community, but i think more it gets at human concerns related to death and dying.

A part of medicine that is frequently overlooked is that of death. I believe there is much more the health care system could do to help people with end of life planning.  If you’re interested, a palliative care physician who speaks and writes very eloquently on this topic is ira byock.

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