This article examines the media coverage of food in the context of community-based end of life rituals and death meals that are increasingly being observed by those undergoing a medically assisted death (medical assistance in dying: MAID). I employ a reconstituted form of media analysis that aims to identify and unpack the socio-cultural themes, values, and assumptions that underpin these food events. These include the central frame of plenty, community/family, personality, comfort, and gender. My objective is to provoke a discussion about how media coverage acts as a site from which to understand the significance of food in the context of death, when death is desired, and how new avenues of research can be pursed therein.
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"Food, Comfort and Community: Media Coverage of Last Meals for the Dying,"
European Journal of Food Drink and Society:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://arrow.tudublin.ie/ejfds/vol1/iss2/4