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Hospice Deaths Are Increasing, and That's Probably a Good Thing

from American Council on Science and Health

Alex Berezow writes While many people may acknowledge death intellectually or philosophically, it still feels like a strange, otherworldly phenomenon that happens primarily to other people. The devastating biological process that is death — and the overwhelming emotions associated with it — have not been internalized by far too many people in our death-denying culture. But to fully embrace and appreciate life, we need to have a mature understanding of death. For this reason, I have said before and will say again many more times: We all have to die. Those of us who process that reality ahead of time might be lucky enough to have a small say over the time and location of our unavoidable demise. And in the process, we may help society as a whole come to terms with death. That is why I applaud the increase in deaths that are occurring at hospices, according to data released by the CDC. more


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