Anxiety, fear, billions of dollars of end of life costs, and a strain on hospital resources have all coalesce creating a large drain on our society due to our unwillingness to accept and prepare for death. This has resulted in undue stress on ourselves and our loved ones who have to make untenable decisions with regards to our life as well as have resulted in us spending exorbitant amounts of money on funeral service costs. It is a massive black hole on our society. With baby boomers nearing end of life, and with new conversations around death because of Covid-19 now is the time to act.
Education and Normaliztion. Fearing the most the one thing in the world that we know is inevitable is a heavy burden for anyone to carry. We need to at the very least normalize death. Educating people about what they want when they die, how they want to die, and what they want done if they are brought to the E.R. are all small steps we can take that will help us break out of this viscious cycle. Death may always be dark, but it doesn't have to be taboo. There is a great death positivity movement happening in this country, but we need to make it mainstream.