Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsSPEAKER: It is often said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. Death itself may be certain. But how and where we die and the meanings we attach to dying have many dimensions. This course explores some of the challenges of contemporary end of life care. You'll have a chance to study the different forms of care people receive before they die, how we plan and prepare for death, and how culture and values shape our experiences.
Skip to 0 minutes and 37 secondsMARIAN KRAWCZYK: We'll start by asking, what is end of life and dying? And how do we collectively give meaning to contemporary dying? We will then examine different dying trajectories and characteristics that shape our understanding of good and bad dying, explore the special role of hospitals in end of life care, and why it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine if and when someone is sick enough to die.
Skip to 1 minute and 0 secondsDAVID CLARK: We'll study how communities around the world are creating new ways to think about death and dying and caring for people with chronic and terminal illnesses. From Kerala in India to Clydebank in Scotland, we'll examine innovative approaches to generate compassion and care in the community. And we'll be taking a look at the fast-growing worldwide interest in the movement known as death cafe.
Skip to 1 minute and 22 secondsNAOMI RICHARDS: Many people want to take direct control over how they die. We'll explore how assisted dying is increasingly being proposed and legislated for as an option that people want to have at the end of life. We'll also examine the phenomenon known as rational suicide, specifically for older people, and take a look at how modern individuals seek to curate their dying process and the rituals that follow it.
Skip to 1 minute and 45 secondsSPEAKER: So please join us for this free online course and investigate these challenging issues. You'll have opportunities to share your ideas and reflections and to learn from others. And you'll discover some innovative approaches to important and complex problems. We look forward to meeting you and to working with you on this one subject that affects absolutely every one of us.