What I’m Reading: Dealing with Death, Catholic Hospitals, and Autism

Siddharta Mukherjee wrote a column for the New York Times Magazine about his experience watching funeral pyres in India as a boy, his experience as an oncologist watching Americans die of cancer, and the problems with the American way of death. The contrast between a body in flames as it passes from this life and a body in a dress and lipstick on display in a funeral parlor makes for an essay worth reading: “The Letting Go.”

Also from the New York Times, Kevin Slack reports about “Nuns, a ‘Dying Breed’ Fade From Leadership Roles at Catholic Hospitals.”

And I wish I could send you to the full TIME article about “Autism’s Lone Wolf,” which offers Simon Baron-Cohen’s hypothesis that the increased rate of Asberger’s and autism has to do with like-minded (like-brained, to be more specific) people pairing up and having kids.

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About Amy Julia Becker

Amy Julia Becker writes and speaks about family, faith, disability, and culture. A graduate of Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary, she is the author of Penelope Ayers: A Memoir, A Good and Perfect Gift (Bethany House), and Why I Am Both Spiritual and Religious (Patheos Press).


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