Noted for her groundbreaking work on grief associated with death and dying, Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross was the quintessential physician who cared deeply about the emotional wellbeing of her dying patients. Through her extensive studies and research in psychiatry, Dr. Ross came to the conclusion that there are five unique emotional stages involved in dealing with death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and ultimately – acceptance.
Looking around this country today, one has to wonder which stage of grief we are all in, because our Judeo-Christian heritage is most assuredly dying. Just last week came the horrifying revelation that at least 40 vulnerable Veterans had been denied their rightful medical benefits and relegated to the pile of people eligible to perish – all at the unmerciful hands of our federal government. While this occurred in Arizona, based upon poor VA hospital standards, it’s likely that this is not an isolated event.
And at almost the same time, shocking evidenced surfaced that the Marion County Resource Recovery Facility in Brooks, Oregon had been incinerating the remains of dead babies in order to provide electricity to nearby homes and businesses.
Although the indecency of using human bodies to warm our homes was primarily blamed on the practices of the waste management company, Stericycle, someone within the government at Marion County had to have signed the agreement with Covanta for the solid waste reception. Since local, state, and federal governments lost their innocence a long time ago, it seems likely that at least one official in the chain would have known.
As with all new news stories, there was limited outrage for a few days, fueled by appropriate calls from Veteran and Pro-life groups demanding an end to these insane practices. But sadly, these tragic events are too soon forgotten, leaving us with a much bigger question percolating right under the surface.
When did the whole of America lose site of the value of human life?
Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a paranormal thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She speaks regularly on the subjects of religious freedom, traditional marriage, and pro-life, and the impact of liberalism and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1.