Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Unacceptable Causes of Death & Other Web Highlights

The web has been quite bountiful with small tidbits that relate to palliative care and I wanted to share some of these interesting links.

  • Stumbled across this photo that could be very misunderstood by people who are not familiar with completing death certificates. It is very easy to read this as "dying by the following means are unacceptable", but anyone who has filled out a death certificate knows the coroner/vital records wants a more definite cause, and these terms are interpreted to be vague. (Found via BoingBoing) There is a Fast Facts on "How to complete a death certificate" for a quick review.
  • A French village is forbidden to have any citizens die secondary to a grave site shortage. The Mayor stated:
    "...all persons not having a plot in the cemetery and wishing to be buried in Sarpourenx are forbidden from dying in the parish. Offenders will be severely punished." [emphasis mine]
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