Talking About Talking About Death: A Movement Unto Itself

Written by Dianne Gray for Mediaplanet, featured in USA Today

In the 1969 publication, “On Death and Dying”, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross advocated for the rights of the patient, declaring that each person had the right to receive compassionate care based upon one’s own wishes for his or her individual end of life journey. At the time, many patients didn’t know their prognosis, much less have a say in their individual care plans. 

According to Elisabeth’s son, Ken Ross, “she felt  “On Death and Dying” released a floodgate of pent -up need to discuss the subject of death and that most people, when afforded the opportunity, really wanted to discuss their own mortality, their own wishes for end of life.”

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