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“Death Salons” and the “burgeoning death positivity movement”

by | Apr 15, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

Megan Rosenbloom

Megan Rosenbloom

We’ve already posted five stories on yesterday’s disastrous decision by the Canadian government to introduce Bill C-14. The measure is reckless, thoughtless, and loveless toward the medically vulnerable.

As columnist Charlie Lewis explains, the measure is bad enough on its own terms. But

We are going to have at some point a law that will be much broader than what the government has proposed. It may take a few years but it will happen. In the meantime, many more Canadian will buy into the lie that Bill C-14 is a perfect compromise that is safe and responsible.

With that in mind, a colleague at National Right to Life forwarded to me what I would dub a “sign of the times.” It comes–from all places–the Library Journal.

It is a profile of one of their “Movers & Shakers 2016 – Educators”–Megan Rosenbloom. Rosenbloom is Associate Director for Collection Resources, Norris Medical Library, University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

So what does Rosenbloom do? Well, as I so often say these days, you can’t make this stuff up.

“This former journalist”

helps to train the doctors of tomorrow while acting as one of the faces of a burgeoning death positivity movement.

No, that is not a misprint. The “death positivity movement.”

Okay, but what is that? Let me back up.

Rosenbloom is the soon-to-be director of the annual meetings of the “Order of the Good Death,” described as “an association of academics, artists, and death professionals dedicated to encouraging a more healthy societal relationship with mortality. “

You’ll never guess what the annual meetings are called. “Death Salons,” at which “members can meet and share their work with the public.”

So why are these Death Salons so important to their members? According to the Library Journal article, because they provide a “safe space.” For what?

for creative collaboration and frank discussion of a subject that remains largely taboo, despite its universality.

The story concludes with this:

“Attendees are so grateful to have these opportunities to engage with a topic they may be interested in, or that has touched them in some way, but they feel marginalized speaking about,” says Rosenbloom.

With the pro-assisted suicide, pro-euthanasia forces winning most recently in California and in Canada, they have more “safe spaces” than ever and are less marginalized.

Would it be much of a stretch to speculate that the “Order of the Good Death” will be among those most eager to “help” people exit this vale of tears–and not necessarily because they want to die?

Categories: Euthanasia