Palliative Care by the People, for the People: A Call for a New Grassroots Movement

October 18, 2014 2:41 AM

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Palliative Care by the People, for the People: A Call for a New Grassroots Movement

Most "Baby Boomers" -- numbering in the millions -- are going to die during the next 25-40 years. It's not something we like to think about, but it's true. To the extent that we do think about it, we hope to have what numerous writers in recent years have referred to as "the good death" -- a death of compassion, grace, peace and understanding. Unfortunately, neither our health care system nor our culture is prepared to make that happen. If things are going to change in time to be of some benefit to us as well as those who come after us, we need to launch a political and social movement that supports peoples' rights to appropriate health care.

American society has certainly recorded advances in its approach to death and dying over the last half century, particularly in the last 15-20 years.

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