Ancestral Death - Hospice
Where do you want to die? I suppose most of us would like to die quickly doing something we love. If we live an ancestral lifestyle, we may not die a slow death from a degenerative disease of "civilization" like cancer but then again, we might.
Do you want to die in a hospital, hooked up to machines that are supposed to keep you alive as long as possible? Not me. There is an option - hospice. In the U.S. people who have less than 6 months to live are eligible for hospice.
- Whenever possible, hospice patients are cared for at home.
- Each hospice team includes medical professionals, social workers, volunteers and a chaplain of whatever faith the patient wants.
- Hospice neither hastens death nor artificially prolongs life.
- Medical treatment aims at reducing pain, not "healing," although there can be healing of bed sores, broken bones and such.
- The patient dies surrounded by friends and family, not machines.
- Least importantly, hospice home care is astronomically cheaper than hospital care.
Are you looking for a primal career? Sure, maybe you want a job that lets you be outside. But there isn't any more primal career than giving hospice care to people who are dying. And medical careers pay well.
See the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Caring Connections