How can the deeply relational nature of the human brain be leveraged to create a better end-of-life experience? This question drove my analysis of the interplay between IPNB tenants, end-of-life social/historical details, and Badenoch's expanded view of trauma (painful and frightening experiences that remain uncomforted and disintegrated).
The summarized findings: The end-of-life experience is innately traumatic. When families and caregivers are unaware of how detachment and cultural avoidance of death impacts the ill/elderly, they unwittingly perpetuate trauma. Trauma is alleviated and a better end-of-life experience ensues, however, when all parties understand the brain's need for connection and prioritize connection and empathy. (Skim through the attached paper for more details.)
Inspired by: the end-of-life experiences of those dear to me; Being Mortal (Dr. Atul Gawande); and Dr. Bill Thomas' work with the Green House Project and Eden Alternative.