Covid Is Reshaping Death. And Maybe Life.
Our illusion of immortality is shattered. Let’s hope it changes us for the better.
By Katy Butler
The desire to die in the presence of those we love is so deeply ingrained that during the Civil War, soldiers dying on battlefields pulled out family photographs to create the experience in their imaginations. In 2020, the face-to-face family death vigil largely became an impossible luxury. While relatives wept on sidewalks, people with Covid died in isolation by the tens of thousands, attended only by masked nurses and aides holding iPads and dressed in hazmat suits. Click here to continue reading.
San Francisco Chronicle
How COVID pandemic is reshaping rituals of death and the way we mourn. 1/17/2021
Oncology nurses Debra Rodgers, Debbie Roth, and Beth Calmes created this “bathing and honoring practice” to help families—and themselves—bring dignity and sacredness to a hospital death.
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A letter to Medical Advocates
The New Yorker
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The New York Times
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Click here for a PDF version of the New York Times article What Broke My Father’s Heart by Katy Butler
Los Angeles Times
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Great Boomer Bust; Step by Step
How to Access Your Inner Calm; My Life as a House; The Good Daughter: Becoming the Family Caregiver
Sacred Junk; Why Liberals Lose: An Interview with George Lakoff; The Great Divide; Reclaim Democracy.
Everything is Holy; The Lotus and the Ballot Box; Eye on the Ball; Say it Right.
Being There; The Art and Science of Love; Small Things Often; Alice in Neuroland; My Life as a House; Skinner’s Box or Pandora’s Box?…
Poetry as Path; Encountering the Shadow in Buddhist America
Reporter’s Toolkit, Events are the Teacher
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