France – The Guardian
Conservative MP says people suffering at the end of their lives will be ‘allowed to get to sleep, soothed and serene’ under provisions for a medicated death.
US – Oncology Nurse Advisor
Initiating a palliative care consultation in the emergency department (ED) improved quality of life and survival was not shortened in patients with advanced cancer. These findings were published in JAMA Oncology.
US – Forbes
Our nation’s 76 million boomers have been given an unprecedented gift of health and longevity. But to a great extent, we’re squandering this gift. It’s time to create new expectations and norms for people aged 60 to 100 — and create a playbook on how to master aging.
US – Stat News
Lydia Valdez was 8 years old and getting ready for bed one night when she casually asked her mother a question from across the room: “Mom, do you think if I died now, would God let me see myself as a teenager?”
US – Military Technologies
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and hospice community acknowledge that hospice utilization within African American communities continues to be disproportionately low. In 2016, NHPCO will partner with Morgan State University to provide education to caregivers so they can make informed decisions about end-of-life care.
UK – Bristol Post
It has been 25 years since Eddie Farwell launched the South West’s first children’s hospice. The MBE winner knows more than most the pain and anguish which is experienced by parents who are forced to watch their child die.
US – Exopermaculture
An emergency physician’s beautifully written and agonizingly empathic account of “how we used to die” starkly contrasted with how most people die now in our death-defying, death-dealing military industrial medicopharmaceuticalized culture.
India – Pallium India
“It just awes me when someone who is in such pain or is constantly taking care of others still makes it a point to ensure our comfort as a guest in their home,” writes CJ, a student from Iowa University who visited Trivandrum in December-January.
Stephen Clark, Senior Media and PR Officer, Hospice UK, writes about a recent successful social media campaign.
Much of what we understand about the design of healthcare systems to support care of the dying comes from our experiences with providing palliative care for dying cancer patients.