Thursday, March 24, 2011

This American Death: The Movie

How has the pursuit of a good or natural death been altered by advances in medical technology which now can almost always extend life, if only for a few minutes, hours or days? Who does not question their Do Not Resuscitate order with death staring them in the face? How can doctors be expected to manage death when they receive so little end-of-life training? And where can a person go to die in peace, if they have no family and do not want to endure hospital procedures?

This American Death explores the complicated world of death and dying in contemporary America, examining the cultural and systemic issues which conspire against Americans experiencing a so-called good death. Despite the consensus that exists among Americans about how they wish to die - surrounded by loved ones, pain free and relatively unaided by technology - why do so many still die in hospitals, in pain, supported by machines? The film looks at why, when a good death is seemingly achievable, few actually experience one?

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