Sunday January 21, 2018

America celebrates ‘Before I Die I would like to……’ festival

"If you have thought about it when you're not in the midst of a crisis, the crisis will be better."

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  • This festival was held in mid-April.
  • People talk about what they would like do before death in this festival.
  • Various art and wall paintings related to death are also displayed.

Before I Die Festival is a festival celebrated in the U.S. Held in mid-April, the main purpose of this festival is to get people thinking ahead about topics they want to achieve in their remaining days. i.e. regarding organ donations, funeral arrangements, wills, good and bad deeds etc.

Lucia Wocial, the festival’s organizer and a nurse ethicist at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics in Indianapolis said: “This is an opportunity to begin to change the culture, to make it possible for people to think about and talk about death so it’s not a mystery”.

A 62 years old Tom Davis has been lately thinking a lot about his life and death. He had a heart attack. Initially, he was planning to jolt but after the attack, he wrote “I want to see my grandkids grow up.”

Several books, films, and death related arts are displayed in this festival. At Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library once 61 pairs of boots were displayed which represented the early death of Indiana soldiers.

There are various other attractions of this unique festival such as

  • Death wall paintings
  • Death Cafes
  • Death discussions among people in the whole city
Art gallery during the festival, Image source : beforeidiefestival.co.uk
Art gallery during the festival, Image source : beforeidiefestival.co.uk

The festival organiser further told that “Death has changed, Years ago people just died. Now death, in many cases, is an orchestrated event.” This statement can be well supported by the fact now medicines have brought new innovative ways to extend the life expectancy of an individual.

Moreover, workshops on how to write an advance directive are also organised in this festival. Special emphasis was being laid on advance care planning. These documents tell doctors that If someone falls ill and can’t communicate his/her wishes then family members are enlisted in the document will take decisions on his/her behalf. Wocial thinks that “If you have thought about it when you’re not in the midst of a crisis, the crisis will be better.

Jason Eberl, a medical ethicist from Marian University said at the festival that “advance directives can address these financial issues, too. People themselves, in their advance directive, will say, ‘Look, I don’t want to drain my kid’s college savings or my wife’s retirement account, to go through one round of chemo when there’s only a 15 percent chance of remission. I’m not going to do that to them.’ ”

Coming to the festival tours to cremation facilities are also provided. Biodegradable urns are made available to dispose of human ashes. There are many things one thinks of before dying. This festival indeed makes it harder for people to think of a particular one.

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Prepared by Pritam, an engineering student in Kolkata, India and an intern at Newsgram. Twitter handle : Pritam_gogreen

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Why do people quit their job?

The trend of quitting a job is taking a heavy toll on the young generation. The reason can vary from work-related, personal, family to some miscellaneous reasons.

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Quitting job is related to multiple factors. Wikimedia Commons
Quitting job is related to multiple factors. Wikimedia Commons

Every now and then we come across someone who quit his job or is thinking to quit. I talked to some of these people and figured out that there are multiple contributing factors for this. Basically, these can be grouped as work-related, personal, family related, or miscellaneous reasons. These can play a role either alone or in combination.

Work-related Reasons:

1. Uncaring boss or bullying by boss or seniors leading to stress and negative thoughts.

2. Feeling of micromanagement and continuous supervision

3. No promotions or financial increments.

4. Odd or long hours of work or different shifts leading to mental and physical exhaustion and disturbance of sleep cycle.

5. Corruption, favouritism, biases at the workplace.

6. No recognition or reward for hard and honest work.

7. Frequent hiring and firing at the workplace. Feeling of insecurity.

8. No challenges in the workplace. Underutilization of skills.

9. Low pay, wages, or bonus.

10. False promises by the employer.

11. Working in isolated chambers, strained relationship with co-workers or if the work environment is not optimal.

Also Read: Ten Tips On How To Boost Self-Confidence

12. Cultural isolation at the workplace. Feeling left out.

13. Forced to quit by the employer.

Striking balance between job and life is very important. Wikimedia Commons
Striking balance between job and life is very important. Wikimedia Commons

Personal Reasons:

1.Not able to keep up with latest technologies and advancements.

2. Health issues. Not able to keep appointments and take care of own health.

3.Long commute to work.

4. Not able to do housework.

5. No time for personal care, spiritual advancement, socialization, keeping up with hobbies.

6. Inability to attend social events, arrange vacations, or calling in sick.

7. Urge to work from home.

8. Personality factor. Not able to work with someone. Want to be the boss and desire to control. Want to quit because of arrogance or in a fit of rage.

9. Depression.

10. Inadequate skills to continue working and feeling that performance is not optimal and can lead to harm.

Also Read: How to Manage Your Time Smartly and Effectively?

Family Reasons:

1. Inability to take proper care of family members or spend time with them.

2. Sick family member.

3. Family in a different city, state, or country.

4. Pressure to quit from family, relatives, or friends

Most of the youngsters are becoming a victim of depression due to various factors. Wikimedia Commons
Most of the youngsters are becoming a victim of depression due to various factors. Wikimedia Commons

Miscellaneous Reasons:

1.Financial security is in place. The job is just a way to pass time.

2.Want to give an opportunity to younger people.

3.Greener Pasteur (opportunity to find a better life)

4. Afraid of lawsuits or legal actions.

5.The belief that they will get more money and work fewer hours in the new endeavour.

6. Anticipating getting fired.

7. Lured by other employers.