This edition: Epilogue: Death and Dying
Accepting and preparing for death is the focus of this final lesson, which explores the stages of adjustment to death proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. The lesson discusses how preparing for one’s death by having a will and/or an advanced directive can make the grieving process a bit easier on the surviving family because the person dying has made his or her choices known. Culture and religion can have a profound influence not only on an individual’s ability to accept and cope with his or her own mortality but also on variations in how people choose to grieve the loss of a loved one. Finally, everyone deserves to die with dignity, and the lesson describes how hospice can help families achieve this.