Addressing the Death Taboo
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Why is it so difficult to talk openly about death and dying? There seems to be a "Death Taboo" in our society today. In this episode Dr Calvin Lightbody and Professor Robin Taylor, both hospital consultants in the NHS, discuss the taboo. They explore its history and how it came about. The ways it can affect us as individuals and also its impact on modern hospital medicine is discussed. Finally they look at ways to perhaps start breaking down the taboo, making open conversations about dying more commonplace, realistic and acceptable.

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