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Thursday, May 05, 2016

Dying Well


Despite technological advances in health care, physicians and family
members still have trouble talking candidly about what dying well means,
and what their loved ones want when their time comes. And yet no one
thought to actually survey the very elderly (those older than 95) on their
feelings about death until recently, when researchers at the University
of Cambridge surveyed 33individuals over 95 on their attitudes towards dying.
The very elderly often accept that the end is near, and have plenty to say about how they want it to go.
Some of the responses
were rather poignant.
Many of their peers had
already passed, leading
some of the  participants
to question why they were
still alive. Most of those
interviewed also expressed
that they were “waiting for
[death] to happen.”

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