Personal Reflection Of Lou Gehrig's Life

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Morrie Schwartz taught sociology at Brandeis University and was a well accomplished and respected educator who enjoyed dancing. During summer in 1994 Morrie Schwartz was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease; he died 4 years later. After learning of his disease, Morrie decided to make the act of death and dying into a scholastic opportunity: The living would learn from his experience with death. "When you learn how to die," Morrie said, "you learn how to live." Morrie taught everyone he knew: from friends, family, and journalists. He proceeded to teach Mitch Albom, a former student of his sociology class back in college and who he not seen or heard from in 16 years. Morrie taught lessons …show more content…
I have learnt that diseases do not attack people based on status or good looks. I have learned that people should be treated with love, understanding, compassion, dignity, and privacy. I have learned that on one would like to have a disease but when it does happen we all need someone, we need a strong base of support. In the same token, the elderly need that same love from whomever is caring for them. I have learned to ask questions, ask clients which they prefer, allow them to make decisions, and allow them to be in control of certain aspects of their care. The elderly and persons with disabilities should be treated with the highest form of dignity possible. They are our parents, grandparents, children, brothers, sisters, uncles etc. I have learned to perceive the person holistically and appreciate what the dying experience is life for the client. I have also learned that having meaningful discussions will help to preserve the client’s self-esteem as with Morrie. Discussions about the client’s overall care should be discussed with the client and allow them to make decisions if they are mentally aware. I have also noted that the presence of family members is very important, as it will promote peace of mind for the dying person and aid the grieving process for survivors. I will demonstrate being empathic and compassionate. I will be a good listener with active listening skills and help the resident maintain control as long as he wants or is able

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