End of Life Issues
How We Live and How We Die
By Zur Institute
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Recently, I have watched a few films exploring a common theme: The Bucket List, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, and Ghost Town. Clearly, the common theme for these and many other contemporary movies is "how we live and how we die". Or, perhaps "how we view death and how we choose to die determines how we live".
Since I wrote the last Clinical Update on End of Life issues in August of 2007, not only has there been a proliferation of movies about the subject of death but there have been also changes in the business of selling coffins. Costco continues to sell "The Lady of Guadalupe Casket" for $924.99, but the price for "The Mother Casket" dropped from $1,299.99 to $924.99. This very probably reflects the effects of comparison-shopping, as bestpricecaskets.com offers a greater selection and some lower prices than does Costco. Most casket retailers offer rush orders for an extra fee but add the proviso, "Sorry, no returns." With confidence, they add the comforting promise, "Satisfaction is guaranteed", which obviously begs some questions.
As psychotherapists and health care providers, we are in a unique position to help the millions of generally well-to-do Baby Boomers, who are determined to die differently than their parents. Attitudes toward death and dying are drastically changing among this group, whose members tend to be determined to age with more awareness, consciousness. Their goal is not only to live long but to live well. There are many signs that Baby Boomers are also more willing to face death more directly and consciously.