A gentle parting eases the pain of death

by Clara Pirani, The Australian, 1 September 2017

Ms Pirani is the Associate Editor – Commercial, for The Australian.

With a calm quiet reassurance that so many palliative care nurses possess, honed by years spent easing the sick from this world, she transformed our truly distressing situation into an almost comforting farewell.

It’s harrowing to watch and leaves many carers, who desperately want to help their beloved achieve a peaceful death, feeling unable to cope.

Despite the challenges, Callaghan says caring for someone as they die helps family and friends accept the loss.

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