Each year more Americans become familiar with the Mexican tradition of Dias de Los Muertos the Day of the Dead. Celebrated on November 1, the day is based on the ancient belief that one day each year the dead are given divine permission to visit their relatives and friends.

The UNM Health Sciences Center has experts who can speak about death and dying. UNM also received an Arthur Vining Davis Foundation grant to train physicians and medical students on how to be involved in end-of-life decision making.

"Too often in the U.S. people are terrified of dying," says Dr. Judith Kitzes, M.D., MPH, professor in the UNM School of Medicine Department of Medicine and section chief of the Palliative Care division, who heads the educational efforts.

Photo and Interview Opportunities. Faculty available who can be interviewed in Spanish and English.


Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322