Offering palliative care

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Webster, a Jacobean dramatist, was, according to T S Eliot, much possessed by death; Eliot would have known – he wrote a good deal on the subject himself. Death indeed has attracted poets across the ages, though many of them have viewed the ending of life as far from necessarily negative. Walt Whitman, to whom I owe this piece1s title, described it as soothing and serene, and praised “the sure-enwinding arms of cool-enfolding death”. Well, yes, up to a poin *Treatment* Death is certainly welcome to some people, though often, as the Voluntary Euthanasia Society testify, denied to those who long for it. A friend of mine died just before Christmas. The heart attack was unexpected, but it came shortly before he would have had to face a course of painful and protracted treatment for a rare cancer; “It was bloody for the family”, said his widow, “but super for him”. Recent information about the terrible pain which may be experienced by people who elect to have life-maintaining treatments withdrawn in their final we

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