We stole a good death from them

Investigations into the fate of elderly people in CHSLDs, particularly during the first wave of COVID-19, show that many of them died isolated, deprived of care and in horrible, unimaginable conditions … In addition to suffering physical, what can we say about the resentments they may have felt towards their loved ones!

People at the end of their life who would have liked to be surrounded by their family and friends had no one to hold their hands They were unable to say a last goodbye to the people they loved or to be reconciled, if necessary, with some of them […].

People who, as Montaigne describes, wished to die alone did not have the care and assistance required to die peacefully.

They have had a good death stolen from them in a society where it is increasingly possible to plan for one’s death as a final act of taking charge of one’s life. No, they were not able to celebrate with their loved ones the last moments of a fulfilled life. No, they could not avoid distant and painful support for their loved ones. No, they were not able to pay a last tribute to the people who contributed to the emergence of the being they have become. No, they were not able to donate to the medical community the parts of their bodies that could have saved lives or, at the very least, improved the lives of some of their fellow citizens. No, they did not have a death that could have been described as “oblative”, an expression of human and intergenerational solidarity.

In other circumstances, in other places, they could have seen a prayer answered by Félix Leclerc in the Notebook of a flâneur : “Give me the health to have a good death.” “

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