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WASHINGTON (RNS) Race, religion and a sense of the role of the family all play into end-of-life decisions for African-Americans, “and you cannot disentangle them,” said Karen Bullock, a professor and head of the department of social work at North Carolina State University.


  1. bunch of superstitious foolishness, when you dead you dead!
    so my advice for folks is to be the best person you can be, act kindly and charitably towards others and try to leave this world a little better, less insane and more loving then when you got here.
    there are no second chances.

    signed: , 70 year old combat veteran , Black atheist!!!

    • Great article Cathy thank you.
      Mr. Smith thank you for your service. I wouldn’t pretend to know the spiritual nor physical wounds that you may continue to bare for the rest of us. There is indeed superstition that informs and causes fear. One of the kindly and charitable things we can be doing is to validate what others feel without having to agree with them personally. Most importantly we can listen to them.
      There is healing when people can share and be (listened to).

    • True enough.

      My attitude on doctor assisted suicide is a negative in most cases.

      My view is if you want to kill yourself, you should do it by yourself without dragging anyone else into the act.

      If you can’t make the decision such as a coma, its the immediate family’s choice. )There should be better default rules such as with intestacy) Most important, if you can’t trust your immediate family to figure out what to do in such situations get a LIVING WILL.

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