In the wake of COVID-19, virtually every aspect of life has been affected, including death and how we process it. Social distancing has had an impact on every end of life ritual from spending time with a loved one as their days grow short, to visitation and calling hours, funeral services and burials. Like many services, funeral directors are required to abide by new guidelines set forth by state health departments and the CDC.
This special edition of the Coffin Club featured local funeral director, Chad Green of Donaldson Funeral Home, who discussed how the COVID19 Pandemic has impacted his industry and shared what role he has played in helping the New York City areas.
Previously, this workshop was made popular by the many ordinary and not so ordinary questions we all have about funerals. But with drastic changes taking place, we are helping to facilitate honest conversations on the challenges funeral directors and the bereaved are experiencing.
View the recorded meeting here:
Date: Apr 30, 2020 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Medicine has undoubtedly triumphed in modern times, but when it comes to the inescapable realities of aging and death, what medicine can do often runs counter to what it should.
In this bestselling book, Atul Gawande fearlessly reveals the struggles of the medical profession and examines its ultimate limitations and failures as life draws to a close. Through eye-opening research and griping stories of his own patients and family, Gawande reveals the suffering this dynamic has produced.
Being Mortal shows how the ultimate goal is not a good death, but a good life all the way to the very end. Each of us should have the opportunity to express our wishes for our end of life care.
Join us in being part of a national conversation that brings medical professions and community members together around the shared responsibility of discussing what matters most to patients and families facing difficult treatment decisions and how to have the conversations ahead of a medical crisis.
*Copies of Being Mortal can be obtained through the North Country Library System or through Hospice’s Lending Library.