The Really Big Question -“What is a Good Death?”

DESCRIPTION: Most people hope to die quickly, or go quietly at home, surrounded by family. But most of us won’t die that way. More often, we die in intensive care. Perhaps fear keeps us from the good death we wish for. In this program, we hear from people seeking to bring engagement with death back into our culture, through death salons, green funerals, and meaningful end-of-life care.

How do you want to die? “Not at all” isn’t an option. We’re all what Dickens called “fellow passengers to the grave.” If you press people, they’ll say they hope to go out in one fell stroke, or to pass on quietly at home, surrounded by family. But we’re more likely to die in intensive care. Maybe that’s partly because we’re afraid to talk about death ahead of time. There’s a growing movement to bring engagement with death back into our culture, through death salons, home funerals, and meaningful end-of-life care.

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