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Dying at the MarginsReflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor$
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David Wendell Moller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199760145.001.0001

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Notes from the Trenches

Notes from the Trenches

In the Shadows: Living, Dying, and Caring at the Margins

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11 Notes from the Trenches
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Dying at the Margins
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David Wendell Moller

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199760145.003.0011

There was something quite exceptional about Cowboy’s death. The grim things that darkened and injured him from birth were relieved by the caring embraces of a team of professionals who committed themselves to “loving him until he died.” It is fair to say that those horrible features of American unexceptionalism, which harmed him throughout life, were redeemed by the exemplary activities of the palliative care team. Something wonderful literally transpired while he was dying. Despite the sadness and chaos of his final months, a transcendence of the injurious consequences of racism and poverty was achieved by mindful presence and the human potential to love one another.

Keywords:   American unexceptionalism, urban poor, racism, poverty, mindfulness, end of life, palliative care, redemption and transcendence

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