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More to Dying than Meets the Eye: Martha Atkins at TEDxSanAntonio 2013 (Transcript)

Martha Atkins

Martha Atkins – TRANSCRIPT

I’d like for you all to transport in time with me. We’re going to go back to 1932. So my mother went with her family to a house in 1932, and she told me about going up the stairs. I’m taking a little break to the right and there was a room there. There were flowers. There were people talking. She was little, so she’s looking up at everybody.

And the dearly departed was there, laid out on a chair between two boards between, well, he wasn’t that big, one board, two chairs. How many of you have seen something like that? Yes, if you’re of a certain age, perhaps. We did have a few hands raised. Fabulous. We’ve taken death out of the home, and when we took death out of the home, we stopped learning about dying and what to do about it.

And we stopped learning how to do something or what to do when we get scared. And when we get scared of something, very often we stop talking about it. So we have in this country. We don’t talk about death and dying very often. I’m a death educator and a death researcher, and that makes me a little crazy. So we’re going to talk about death and dying today. I want to start by telling you about my mother. My mother opted to go on hospice in 2005 and she and I had a lot of frank conversations.

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