"The story of dying in the 21st century is a story of paradox. COVID-19 has meant people have died the ultimate medicalised deaths, often alone in hospitals with little communication with their families. But in other settings, including in some lower income countries, many people remain undertreated, dying of preventable conditions and without access to basic pain relief. The unbalanced and contradictory picture of death and dying is the basis for the Lancet Commission on the Value of Death. Drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives from around the globe, the Commissioners argue that death and life are bound together: without death there would be no life. The Commission proposes a new vision for death and dying, with greater community involvement alongside health and social care services, and increased bereavement support." (Taken from the Lancet website)
The Lancet commission on the Value of Death has published its report: Bringing death back into life. The full report can be read here.
The report is an interesting and important read for everyone concerned with end-of-life care, the impact of death on our lives, society and the environment. The report highlights key challenges for health systems and societies worldwide in order to rebalance death and dying. It also outlines the features of a "realistic utopia", a radically different future envisioned by the commission in which life, wellbeing, death, and grieving are in balance. It also stresses the many changes in our death systems required to achieve it.