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

By David Wendell Moller

This publication tells the tales of sufferers whose tales tend to be now not informed: the city death terrible. through illustrating how the problems and desires of this specially weak team are formed by means of the adventure of dwelling in poverty, this paintings presents an incredible contribution to the transforming into literature on palliative deal with particular populations.

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Ironically, however, despite enormous social estrangement from mainstream American life, the dying poor face many of the same worries that more affluent families confront. These similarities have to do with a certain universality of human experience that transcends class, status, and culture at the end of life. Among Dying Poor: An Invisible World 25 the common experiences of the poor and the nonpoor are the profound emotional effects of the body being destroyed by disease, pervasive anxiety, concern about loved ones, and the intense need to retain a sense of hope.

It's hard. Hard. I just don't talk much about it at all, that makes it better. I'm not going to talk to you about my cancer, honey. Well, I think I went into a bit of depression because I started feeling sorry for myself. I just don't think about it. These sentiments of loss and emotional devastation are normal in most dying persons, regardless of income or social status. The chaos and financial want of living in poverty, however, add an additional burden that can deepen emotional loss and suffering.

As a culture, we long for financial success, often judging friends, neighbors, strangers, and ourselves by it. In this equation human worth is filtered through the lens of materialistic success. More is Dying Poor: An Invisible World 21 better. Ownership is a sacred value that perpetuates itself by cultivating a love of things. Money is treasured not only because it can bring peace, security, and joy to life but also because it grows the portfolio. Again, more is better, and tremendous energy goes into producing, consuming, and displaying possessions.

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