Friday, June 29, 2018
There are several books currently on the market that explain the possibilities to die with dignity, whether it be from terminal illness or simply a longed lived life. This book, Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them), by Buddhist practitioner Sallie Tisdale is different; it speaks about the sensitive subject of dying but with a refreshing realistic attitude. "But in its loving, fierce specificity, this book on how to die is also a blessedly saccharine-free guide for how to live."
Dying is not always done alone, and those around the person nearing the end of their lives may also need some guidance. To the caretaker, she writes: “You are the defender of modesty, privacy, silence, laughter and many other things that can be lost in the daily tasks. You are the guardian of that person’s desires.”
The book also recites a brief history of death as it pertains to different cultures and rituals around the world, up to the numerous options available in the present day.
See Parul Sehgal, What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye, New York Times, June 26, 2018.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.