This is a repository for material dealing with the experiences of dying people, grieving relatives and the care givers that attend them. It is a supplement to a Williams College course on Death and Dying that was held during January 2015.
“The Farewell Party,” an Israeli comedy about euthanasia,
steers a careful course between humor and pathos while playing down overtly
political and religious arguments for and against assisted suicide. The first
feature of its creative team, Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, “The Farewell
Party,” which won them an Ophir Award (the Israeli Oscar) for best direction,
is set in a Jerusalem retirement home in which one resident, an amateur inventor,
devises a “mercy-killing machine.” News of the device leaks to the home’s other
residents. That inventor, Yehezkel, a robust bear of a man (Ze’ev Revah) and
his wife, Levana (Levana Finkelshtein), a couple in their 70s, are distressed
by the acute suffering of their friend Max (Shmuel Wolf), who is dying of
cancer and against his will is kept alive by doctors. Max’s wife, Yana (Aliza
Rozen), entreats Yehezkel to assist Max, however he can, in ending his agony.
Joe Flood, an English teacher at Pine Ridge, tells an
Suicide epidemics come to the Pine Ridge reservation every
few years with varying degrees of national media attention and local
soul-searching. What the news media often misses though, and what tribal
members understand but rarely discuss, is that youth suicides here are
inextricably linked to a multigenerational scourge of sexual abuse.
This is an insightful and important essay that has relevance
to First Nations people and other youth suicides.
Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease
stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when?
"Sandy Bem, a Cornell psychology professor one month shy of her 65th
birthday, was alone in her bedroom one night in May 2009, watching an
HBO documentary called “The Alzheimer’s Project.” For two years, she had
been experiencing what she called “cognitive oddities.”
This aired on the PBS NewsHour on May 5, 2015. "Black seniors are more likely than whites and Latinos to forgo hospice
care. Due to deeply felt religious beliefs and a long history of
discrimination in the U.S., African-American patients are often
reluctant to plan for the end of their lives, and more skeptical when
doctors suggest stopping treatment. Special correspondent Sarah Varney
reports on efforts to change some of those beliefs." Why African American Seniors are Less Likely to Use Hospice.