If you are prepared, if you are not surprised by death, those are the people who have a good death, you know. I think there’s some sort of peace and resolution in the end of suffering.
These (COVID) deaths are the exact opposite of that. It is the worst death. No one is prepared for it. No one has closed the loops. No one has got the logistics ready. No one did the emotional hard work of making sure everyone said what they need to say and that people are forgiven, or are ready to forgive. None of that is done.
I don’t know - it’s a lot to think about - people dying alone.
The use of a machine that delivers a monitored amount of oxygenated air into a sedated/ unconscious person’s lungs (through an endotracheal tube in the throat) is called active ventilation. In contrast, passive ventilation is where a conscious person can breath on their own, and a machine simply assists the process. Passive ventilation is accomplished without the need for sedation, or the positioning of a tube into the throat. A face-mask (that seals around the mouth and nose) delivers oxygenated air (at positive pressure) as the person breathes.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure) machines have been in use for some years as effective treatment for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition where, in deep sleep, a collapse