Archive for Death – Page 2

I’ll Think About Hospice Tomorrow!


The 1967 re-release poster…

“Oh, I can’t think about this now! I’ll go crazy if I do! I’ll think about it tomorrow. But I must think about it. I must think about it. What is there to do? What is there that matters? Tara! Home. I’ll go home. And I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all . . . tomorrow is another day,” Scarlett O’Hara famously said in a tearful close-up at the end of 1939’s Gone With the Wind.

Then the music swelled, and soon the final credits rolled as—viewers may forever assume—the always-scheming Scarlett schemed to rebuild Tara and perhaps get Rhett back and, well, keep living like there were 10,000 tomorrows.

Ah, all those tomorrows! Which finally leads me to ask: what’s your excuse for avoiding hospice? Though hospice has been a Medicare benefit since 1982, it remains a stereotypical “blissful” subject for many. Isn’t ignorance . . . bliss?

  1. I’m not that sick. Go bother someone near death’s door!
  2. I’ll be better soon. I’ve always bounced back before.
  3. No one’s giving me any dopey drugs. I have stuff to do!
  4. If you mention death, I’ll probably start to die! So be quiet!
  5. Hospice is for those dying from cancer . . . I don’t have cancer!

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I Will Not Die

And I tell ya, I still think I won’t die . . . even though all the signs are there...

And I tell ya, I still think I won’t die . . . even though all the signs are there…

Most people don’t know much about hospice. I get it.

Most aren’t interested in learning about hospice. I understand.

Most figure hospice is for someone else . . . but not them. Makes sense to me.

If a trusted health professional suggested hospice care, most will prefer to talk about other options. Is there a Plan B or C to hospice? Is there a second or tenth opinion with choices other than hospice? Wouldn’t you do that?

Even if you knew that hospices cared for about 50% of the people who died* last year in the United States, hospice stats aren’t too relevant because you’re not going to ______.

Not going to what? Die? Read More →

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Traumatic Death

From "The Wild Bunch"

From “The Wild Bunch”

I’ve seen many traumatic deaths.

Haven’t you?

Most were on television or in a movie theater. But I also “killed” thousands in video games until ceasing to play all violent video games after the Columbine High School massacre in April of 1999.

As a kid enamored with cowboys and western films, there was always a good guy confronting the villain. The soundtrack thundered with edgy music. Shots were fired. There might be a close-up of a drawn pistol, smoke curling from the barrel like a chimney in winter. The bad guy would tumble to the dusty street, as a dead as . . . well as dead as an actor could be while lying stock-still on a movie set. There was rarely blood. While there are earlier examples, director Sam Peckinpah’s mythology-bending The Wild Bunch (1969) dramatically changed death in the western. Gallons of “blood” were spilled in the climactic shoot-out between the bad guys and the bad guys.

We’ve all seen terrible deaths.

Or have we? No matter how realistic, Hollywood is never real. Read More →

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