Listening to this broadcast by Ira Byock on Contemplating Mortality was very touching. Having dealt with the death of my own mother a few years ago I can sincerely say that I wish I had heard this message prior to her end of life experience. So much is and can be done to prevent death that it still comes as a shock to people, even though death is one of the only "givens" in life.
His statement about death not being medical but personal is a wonderful way to look at the process. He also said that it's a "personal experience with serious medical needs". Coming to terms with mortality, whether it is our own or that of a loved one can be a traumatic experience. By embracing Dr. Byock's methods I think many people could travel through the process of death much easier.
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