Tag: hospice

In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

by Dr Rachel Clarke, The New York Times, 8 September 2018 “When you come to the end of your life, you get the sense that you don’t want to lose yourself, you want to be able to pass something on,” she told me later. “When I had whole brain radiotherapy, I felt as though something had… Read more »

How Euthanasia Hurts Palliative Care

by Wesley J. Smith, Evolution News, 13 July 2018 The delivery of proper palliative care requires specialized training and can be very labor intensive. The most difficult cases may demand a great deal of inadequately compensated time from the doctor. Euthanasia doesn’t require anything like that kind of expertise. Defenders of assisted suicide will respond to… Read more »

Landmark Canadian court case proves euthanasia safeguards aren’t there

20 March 2018 “The current landmark court case in Canada again reinforces the fact that laws legalising euthanasia cannot provide safeguards that work,” says Dr Peter Thirkell, Care Alliance Secretary. Roger Foley has cerebellar ataxia, a terminal and incurable severe brain disorder that limits movement and leaves him unable to perform basic tasks independently. He… Read more »

Palliative care gave me a better quality of life

by Áilín Quinlan, The Irish Examiner, 14 September 2017 “I was in a very dark place at the time, and up to that point, palliative care to me was synonymous with death and dying,” he [Donal Crowley] recalls. “People think that palliative care is all about dying,” says Ann McAtamney, Assistant Director of Nursing and Palliative Care… Read more »

Shedding New Light On Hospice Care

by Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News, 7 September 2017 “The biggest misperception about hospice is that it’s ‘brink-of-death care,’” said Patricia Mehnert, a longtime hospice nurse and interim chief executive officer of TRU Community Care, the first hospice in Colorado. In fact, hospice care often makes a considerable difference for those with months to live. “There’s a… Read more »