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End of Life Care: Positively Impacting the Death Experience Through Hormone Introduction

Updated: Feb 16, 2022

Studying Near-Death-Experiences (NDEs) can give us insight into what a person's experiences could be like in their final moments. Through research done on cerebral electrical activity, it has been proven that the brain is still active even after someone is clinically dead. Although not much is known about the brain during this in-between process of clinical and biological death, understanding the firing of neurons and the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, endorphins, serotonin and the synthesizing of DMT at death it is essential for the scientific community to understand the effects of the dying brain. By better understanding the process of the brain; we can understand how to provide a positive experience for someone who is dying.

Majoring in Anthropology, Yesenia Velez (She/Her) is interested in Forensic, Medical, and Bio Anthropology. Most recently she has taken an interest in the political and the capitalistic branches of Anthropology. She is a First Gen student raised in Southern California and daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States during the Bracero Program period. This first gen student is also a single parent of two who managed and overcame many adversities to gain a higher education. Before discovering her passion in Anthropology she helped two companies start up their businesses. Her research interests include, end of life care, death, decolonization, women’s rights, and healthcare.

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