We're born. We live. We die. It sounds so simple, so linear. We know better, of course. Much better.
Some births are uncomplicated, yet others are filled with intense drama and anxiety. Some of our life journeys are smooth sailing; others are filled with mind-numbing drama and torment. Some deaths are peaceful and occur after long and very rich lives. Others arrive much too soon, perhaps filled with unspeakable pain, agony, and tragedy. Anticipating death – whether a loved one's or our own – is no easy task. Inevitably we wonder: When is it likely to come? Will it be peaceful or painful? How will I cope? As we hear from Dr. Rebecca MacDonnell-Yilmaz, truly honest talk about these enduring questions, for which there may not be easy answers, is essential.
Dr. Rebecca MacDonell-Yilmaz is a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at Hasbro Children's Hospital. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and sons and writing essays and poetry. She blogs at The Growth Curve: www.thegrowthc.com