End of Life Care: Starter Resources
Modern medical technology has changed the way we experience serious illness and dying. We have more treatment choices, but they sometimes lead to unnecessary suffering. And how does our faith impact how we want to experience death? No matter our age or stage of life, learning about end of life issues can benefit us and our loved ones.
Unsure of where to start? Here are some books and articles that address the changing landscape of dying, medical technology, decision-making, and faith.
How Modern Medicine impacts Aging and Death
Being Mortal: Medicine and what Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
Hailing from Newton, MA, Dr. Gawande teaches at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health as well as practicing surgery. He offers a vision of how medical practice could prioritize quality of life throughout the lifespan.
End of Life Decision-Making
Perspectives from Christian Voices
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Bethany Slack, MPH, MT, is the Public Health and Wellness research associate at EGC. Her passion is to see Jesus’ love translated into improved health and health justice for all, across the lifespan and across the globe.