We Need To Talk About Death and Dying

I’m not afraid of death. I’m afraid of dying badly.


At the age of about 80, my great grandmother was admitted to a long-term care facility, the nursing home where she would spend the last year of her life. She had dementia and suffered from a seizure disorder that caused her to lose consciousness. My grandparents, suffering from their own health issues, could no longer care for her at home.



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Jacqueline Dooley

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss