Society for Medical Anthropology
Oral Presentation Session
Literature surrounding end of life issues reveal the view of clinicians as well as those who often are privileged. These voices can provide a road map on issues of "dying properly." The experiences of dying persons often differ revealing deaths that can be problematic and the issues of their family members. In this presentation I will present the stories of ordinary dying persons and their families. Participant observation provides an opportunity to corroborate with informants and present their voices that often can be silent. Themes that I will enumerate include dying persons style of communication, family ambivalence, and limited dying options.