Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Northampton — The Daily Hampshire Gazette launched the Dignity Project 2014 on April 8, with an invitation to our readers to submit essays on end-of-life issues in an effort to encourage community conversations about a topic long thought taboo.
With today’s installment, we will have published 17 essays on end-of-life issues. Some, like last week’s essay by Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella, who is a medical ethicist, were written by professionals. Many were written by ordinary people telling the sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes uplifting stories of their loved one’s death.
Among the topics were one woman’s musing about facing death with no loved ones around. Others described the deaths of parents, and others were about end-of-life planning. Each in its own way dealt with questions that touch on life, death, religion, morality and mortality.
We expect to publish the final Dignity Project essay some time in August. In the meantime, we extend another invitation. We invite Gazette readers to submit short, 350-word pieces on end-of-life topics. If any of the pieces in the series have provoked you, angered you, or made you think differently, we’d like to hear from you.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org with Dignitynote in the subject line. Please include your name and phone number.