The Challenges of Death in Ecuador for Expats, Survivors

Posted on February 2, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency

Dodie Schadlich/ We have been in Ecuador long enough to know that the only thing that is consistent here is the inconsistency in practically everything a person can experience.

My recent ordeal involved death and dying on the coast of Ecuador. I am sure there are others who have dealt with their own death and dying scenarios while in the country, each with different details, lessons, and outcomes. End results may differ due to where and how the death occurs, whether you are a visitor or resident, who you know, your financial means, the ability to communicate with authorities to name just a few.

I share this story not to say it is the typical experience that one can expect because I have nothing really to compare it with. The details of what happened may help someone in the future, or at the very least, provide a reason to pause and think and prepare for the ‘just in case’.


I choose not to use their real names out of respect for their privacy however the lessons learned from sharing in their anguish is worth telling.

I had a chance meeting with a couple at a local home where this frail man and his wife had been renting a room. He sat at the end of the table in a wheelchair looking, weak, pale. He presented as feeble sitting, unmoving in his wheelchair. Read Full Article

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