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Modern Way of Death

Are new approaches changing attitudes on mortality?

by Sarah Fielding

Excerpt: The 24-hour news cycle and social media in the United States have changed how death is presented and absorbed, with jarring images regularly available and tragic deaths presented as entertaining stories. Ricks argues this desensitizes Americans to death. She recalls instances in which “people were talking about horrific deaths, mainly hate crimes towards marginalized communities, where they were just like fictional characters in a book.” The impact of social media may be even greater and harder to control than the news, owing to its decentralized nature [...] This disregard for death and almost excitement around it can make members of marginalized groups feel more powerless and question not only whether they or their loved ones will be unjustly killed but whether, in death, they will be treated with respect.

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    The MeMyddleton Show (podcast)

    by Evenah Johnson

    Summary: "A doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. But what does an End-Of-Life doula do? Meet today's guest, Mikayla Ricks, a death doula. I'm interested in learning more. Let's find out together here on The MeMyddleton Show!"

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