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“Terminalism” — discrimination against the dying — is the unseen prejudice of our times

In hospice care and hospitals, we prioritize those with more life to live over those who are terminally ill. What is that, if not prejudice? Midjourney / Big Think

When you are dying, you are placed in a hospice. Often, this is a real, brick-and-mortar hospice with palliative care and psychological support. At other times, though, the hospice is a metaphorical one. The terminally ill are ignored by those too awkward or scared to face them. They are told not to work or exert themselves in the slightest. The dying exist as ghosts and live in the hinge space between society and “on the way out.” When you’re told you’re going to die, you become invisible.

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