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Response paper 2 - Langston1 Eric S. Langston Death and...

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Langston1 Eric S. Langston Death and Dying Dr. John Raines Response paper #2 February 21, 2011 As life progresses, one may suggest that the more we mature as adults, the more control we gain over our lives. Although a measure of control is given to us as individuals, we never achieve absolute control. There are many factors which contribute to us as attaining a certain level of control; such as religion, culture, ethnicity, gender, race, age, and the list can go on. Despite the fact that all of the prior characteristics play a role in how people define how they control their lives, death is an attribute that we fail to embrace. Death has a way of humbling an individual, causing one to realize that the control that we possess is limited. Throughout life, we accept many things, whether right or wrong, but we as a society have a difficult time accepting death and the effects that follow. Many may not reach pinnacles of success, wealth, nor notoriety, but it is inevitable that we will all encounter death. Whether embraced nor not, death will run its course. In class, we learned that Hospice care was an avenue by which many individuals prepare themselves for the end of this cycle that we call life. This paper is intended to conceptualize what the purpose of hospice care is and who it is for. “Denial is the tool we use to gain back the impression of control, but it does not work. We must directly confront the out of control that scares us.” Death causes us to realize how out of control we are; death takes control out of our hands, and it causes us to accept death even though it scares us. Many people die suddenly, for others death is a process which takes time to run its course. If you do not die suddenly, then death becomes a journey in which many people travel every day. Hospice care was introduced to American society in the 1940s by Dame Ceiceley Saunders, who wanted to respond to dying individuals. When a hospital is mentioned,
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Langston2 one may suggest that you go to the hospital to be “cured,” and while that is the desired outcome for those who enter into the hospital; a hospice is aimed not to cure the individual, but to care for them. Many times hospitals aim their methods of care towards improving the lives of its patients, hoping that they will regain the control that they once had. The overall aim of hospice care is to travel on the journey with people from life to death. A cure is not possible, but care is possible, and it is the goal of hospice care to make your last
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