Category Archives: Death with Dignity

Posts pertaining to the “Death with Dignity” movement, and related issues.

Our Last Year Together: What My Camera Captured As My Parents Died Of Cancer…


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Date: September 05, 2022

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“As a photojournalist, I did the only thing I knew: I picked up my camera and documented my parents’ dual cancer treatments for the next 24 months and our lives as they unfolded. From the seven-hour chemotherapy infusions to running errands with Mom according to her to-do lists, I was there with my camera slung across my shoulder.”

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The Funeral Concert Where the Body Performed…


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Date: August 24, 2022

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“He was the life of the party, so that’s why I sent him home that way.”

Learn more about Dr. Fletcher, Associate Professor of American & African American History and Co-Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies at Albright College.

BOOK: co-editor of “Till Death Do Us Part: American Ethnic Cemeteries as Borders Uncrossed” which examines the internal and/or external drives among ethnic, religious, and racial groups to separate their dead https://www.upress.state.ms.us/Books/T/Till-Death-Do-Us-Part

WEBSITE: https://www.kamifletcher.com/

I sometimes find myself wrestling with where to draw the line, concerning what to share in this series. I’m not looking for ghoulish spectacle, or stuff that unnerves and creeps people out.

Even I am a little bit…”Mmmm…I don’t know…” about this one…Yet, the question is fundamental, even cutting edge, in the discussion of what “dignified death” means.

I don’t imagine I’d “want” to attend such an event…though I don’t see it as being inconsistent with dignity, if that’s what the deceased, the family, the friends and community wanted.

I ultimately would support this kind of thing…It’s about as natural as anything else, I suppose…Just because the body is not in a casket, does not make the gathering invalid…or wrong.

I was shocked that they only need straight formaldehyde, to accomplish this. I figured some sort of extra support would be necessary.

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This Doctor Wants to Humanize Death…


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Date: July 17, 2022

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“If losing a child to an illness is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, Dr. Nadia Tremonti has made it her mission to make it better.

It’s not easy. But as a pediatric palliative care physician, she works to ensure that terminally ill children receive quality end-of-life care. Palliative care is sometimes misunderstood to shorten life expectancy, but it’s a method that increases quality of life, improves symptom burden and decreases medical costs. We follow Dr. Tremonti in John Beder’s “Dying in Your Mother’s Arms” as she works to make death less medical and more human. In the process she asks a critical question: When a child is terminally ill, how can we make the end of life a better one?”

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More to dying than meets the eye: Martha Atkins at TEDxSanAntonio 2013…


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Date: July 16, 2022

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“Those who work with the dying are familiar with patients seeing long deceased loved ones, angelic beings, even hearing music and comforting voices as the patient nears death. Deathbed phenomena have been documented in the days, weeks, and months before death since the 1500s. Often confused with hallucinations, deathbed phenomena can bring comfort to patients and caregivers if those involved know what they are experiencing. This talk will explain deathbed phenomena and present on-going research about the topic. Accounts from the dying and bedside witnesses will be shared.”

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I See Dead People: Dreams and Visions of the Dying – Dr. Christopher Kerr…


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Date: June 24, 2022

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“Dr. Christopher Kerr speaks at a 2015 TEDx event Buffalo, New York.

Dr. Christopher W. Kerr is the Chief Medical Officer at The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, where he has worked since 1999. His background in research has evolved from bench science towards the human experience of illness as witnessed from the bedside, specifically patients’ dreams and visions at the end of life. Although medically ignored, these near universal experiences often provide comfort and meaning as well as insight into the life led and the death anticipated.”

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Mortician Breaks Down Dead Body Scenes From Movies & TV…


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Date: December 04, 2021

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“Victor M. Sweeney, a licensed funeral director and mortician, breaks down clips from movies and TV about dead bodies, funerals, and embalming, and explains how accurate they really are. Is the dead body from “Psycho” realistic? Could Donny’s ashes from “The Big Lebowski” really be stored in a coffee can? Is there such a thing as a glass casket?”

I normally wouldn’t share a video quite like this in this series…but it’s just so interesting and information rich.

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