The New Age of Dying and Death: Fifty Years After Kubler-Ross

Monday, September 23, 5:30 PM | Registration. 6:00—7:00 PM | Program. Advocate Illinois Masonic, Olson Auditorium (836 W Wellington Ave) Members & guests—free. To register, please click here or call the Village office at 773.248.8700.

In her 1969 book, On Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross revealed the widespread denial of death and lack of understanding of the dying process in America. Motivated by her groundbreaking work, we have seen the growth and acceptance of hospice and palliative care. Now we have medical treatments that can prolong life, and also prolong the dying process. While we are benefitting by living longer than ever, even with serious chronic illnesses, we face more ethical and personal questions about dying and death than ever. This panel will discuss some of the critical issues in the contemporary end-of-life experience of individuals, family, loved ones, care receivers, and care providers. Panel will be moderated by Loretta Downs – Founder, Chrysalis End-of-Life Inspirations, and panelists include Rev. Myron Erickson – Vice President, Mission and Spiritual Care; Kimberly Callinan – Chief Executive Officer Compassion and Choices; and H. Peter Steeves – Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Humanities Center at DePaul University.