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Pandemic Changed Death

For human beings, life is meaningful because it is a story, and in stories, endings matter.

—Atul Gawande.

Blogs, talk shows, even news media have begun noticing the cultural shift.

Mariah Edgington
Mariah Edgington
Mariah Edgington is a career RN with much experience in emergency medicine and critical care. A Pollyanna at heart, she believes in leaving the campsite better than she found it. The importance of helping others in this world. Being optimistic, positive, kind, and respectful to one other. And spreading happiness and joy wherever she can. She’s passionate about the importance of having Advance Directives (aka Living Will or Medical POA) early in adulthood, and she works tirelessly to help people understand what those things are, and how to obtain them. Mariah posts frequently on LinkedIn on how to be a supportive, kind, compassionate person, and how to Own Your Value. Her vision is to help create a kinder, gentler, more equitable & peaceful world.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Dear Mariah,
    Such logical good sense, but often we prefer to remain in denial. People are more friendly and conversational. There is always much talk of ‘someone we know’ who fell victim. But yes, it is a ‘creepy’ but essential thing to do; write a will, provide preferences. For example, I want to be cremated as burial would be claustrophobic. We’re usually positive minded but when a pandemic is close, reality has to kick in. One elderly gentleman once said to me, ‘We’re on borrowed time, you know.’ Rightly or wrongly, I just carry on as normal, but reach out to people more. Especially the elderly. Mariah, thank you so much for your outstanding article.

  2. Mariah,
    I so love this conversation… It can be a game changer if you can surrender to all of the ‘fears’ that go with dying.
    My husband just recorded an audio file of him reading his favorite poem ‘From Blossoms’ by Li-Young Lee. This will be played at his memorial service some day…. far far away we hope.

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