Our greatest thrill

by Christina on July 12, 2011

Worth the read (and thank you, Em, for sharing this):

“We obsess in this country about how to eat and dress and drink, about finding a job and a mate. About having sex and children. About how to live. But we don’t talk about how to die. We act as if facing death weren’t one of life’s greatest, most absorbing thrills and challenges. Believe me, it is. This is not dull. But we have to be able to see doctors and machines, medical and insurance systems, family and friends and religions as informative — not governing — in order to be free.” ~Dudley Clendinen

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Adam July 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm

excellent
and a suggestion book
“Dancing with Mr. D”
Keizer, a physician in a nursing home in Holland, where euthanasia has been legal for 20 years, recounts here his experiences with the terminally ill. Also a philospher, he focuses on suffering, love, fear, and the other emotions that accompany dying.

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Chris Palmer July 12, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I appreciate the book recommendation from Adam. “Dancing with Mr. D” sounds wonderful.
I so deeply appreciate this post and appreciate Christina and Emily bringing to my attention that stunningly poignant and perceptive article by Dudley Clendinen. I felt privileged to read it.

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roselil July 13, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for yet another great post!

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