Dancing with Broken Bones: Portraits of Death and Dying by David Wendell Moller

By David Wendell Moller

This booklet tells the tales of sufferers whose tales are usually now not instructed: the city loss of life bad. by means of illustrating how the problems and wishes of this particularly weak staff are formed by means of the adventure of residing in poverty, this paintings presents a tremendous contribution to the growing to be literature on palliative take care of targeted populations.

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In fact, a startling gratitude was expressed by more than a few, rooted in faith in God and relationships with others. These individuals were typically deeply faithful and fully assured that the mystery of death would be revealed with beautiful result—not by machines, or science, or doctors, or medications, but by God. Their joy may have been muted by the harsh physical and emotional realities of dying. Nevertheless, they faced their personal extinction with unfettered confidence that God was with them.

Hence, there is an absence of cultural interest in the "lifestyles of the destitute and forlorn" that often crosses the threshold from indifference to disdain—even disgust—all of which are reminiscent of the comments made by Hawthorne about John Treeo. The lifestyles of the affluent are widely embraced, thereby establishing an "enviable visibility" to their wealth, cars, homes, and pampered existences. To the contrary, the difficulties of a life lived in poverty with all its associated hardships are vanquished to invisibility for most Americans, yet these demands are ever present for the poor.

It was not connected to the miraculous, life-saving capabilities of technology or even spiritual salvation. For them, hope had to do with quality of life. " They hoped that the presence of caring others would see them into their deaths: "My family is very important to me. They are all I have got. They are here when I need them. " The priority for these individuals was related to living as well as possible, given their acceptance that they were going to die. Thus, whether it was to "go back south one more time and see my family," "go fishing," or "see my grandchildren graduate," the hopeful focus revolved around relief of suffering, spiritual reconciliation, family relationships, reducing financial distress, and being able to look forward to enjoyable things as much as possible.

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