At the end of life what would doctors do
Americans have long been chided as the only people on earth who believe
death is optional. But the quip is losing its premise. A recent profusion
of personal narratives, best-selling books and social entrepreneurs’
projects suggest that, as a culture, we are finally starting to come to
terms with our mortality. Nationally,
the Conversation Project is engaging people to discuss their wishes for end-of-life care.
Death Cafes and
Death Over Dinner events are popping up across the country, reflecting an appetite for exploring
these matters. So too,
the Dinner Party and
the Kitchen Widow are using meals as a communal space to explore life after loss.