“This is how the buddhist discipline cares for sick monks. Once ordained, monks renounce their families; only the preceptor’s acquaintances can care for his disciples when they are unwell.
At the mention of the role of monks in end-of-life care, we may think of prayers and recitations of the dhamma for patients, providing consolation and encouragement for patients and their families, organizing merit-making rituals and making merit for the deceased.
Most respond with intimations of a ‘good death’ when asked to describe their ideal manner of passing, but how many of us have actually taken the matter under serious consideration?
Peaceful Death is a community-based organization that cares for the well-being of Thai people at all stages of life. We produce open and accessible content, educational materials, and organize forums on life and mortality.