Death and life


Scalp photo 02/25/20


Above from Rev. Michael Dowd Living the Question disk 2.

Above from Rev. Michael Dowd Living the Question disk 2.

The situation is







Energy used in cremation

From the grave

How doctors die  –  a doctor’s perspective

Do not go gently into that good  night

The decomposition of the body

How to get the death that you want

Sailing, performed by Rod Stewart (1975)  Lyrics

Columnist David Brooks in the following has written a piece on how our view of death affects societies and our nations decisions

Death and federal budgets

Medicare&Insurance&Cataract _20170909_0001

The previous is an example of the  load on Medicare by elderly patients.  I received the report on my recent cataract surgery for one eye(above). After insurance, this cost Medicare $1325.60 and I am to pay $338.16. There will be a similar one for the other eye. While I appreciate the benefits of this surgery to me, fact is that I am almost 80 years old and this demonstrates Brooks’ point of most of our medical expenses being in the waning years of our life. One will never win a debate on reducing medicare in order to reduce the budget, as Brooks discusses, but surely the logic of these expenditures is hard to defend.

Further, Columnist Smith Hempstone in the 1960s penned the following in the Washington Star on our views of death

Leave grandpa by the watering hole

and, the Old Testament writers stated the following

“The days of our life are seventy years, perhaps eighty, if we are strong; …. they are soon gone, and we fly away.” Psalms 90:10.

No real information on the sample size or the standard deviation, beyond the 70 to 80 range, so there is no way of knowing how in the present we individually stand in the expected  life of the population.

The effect of modern transportation and population distributions can create a situation similar to that described for grandpa by Smith Hempstone. Where family centers may be located hundreds of miles apart, easy movement by auto is about the only viable link. As family members age, their travel ability wanes and isolation can emerge.

At a program at Christ United Methodist Church Dr. John Walker, a psychiatrist, gave the following presentation in 2008.

Walker – Prolonging life not death

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