World Media Roundup – 8 September 2014

Categories: In The Media.

Many patients in cancer centres may not experience a dignified death

Eureka Alert

A new study that surveyed physicians and nurses in hospitals within cancer centres in Germany suggests that many patients there do not experience a dignified death.

Euthanasia okay, according to most of Slovaks

The Slovak Spectator

Nearly 59% of people in Slovakia think it is important to deal with the issue of euthanasia, according to a survey carried out by Focus agency on behalf of the liberal Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party.

Dr M R Rajagopal – palliative care pioneer In India

Medicos India

Article about Dr M R Rajagopal, who founded Pallium India in 2003.

Ray of sunshine for kids with terminal illnesses

India – Mid-day

Article about Happy Feet Home, a hospice recently set up in Sion for children suffering from terminal illnesses.

Rekindling life skills


Catherine Proot, Bereavement Coordinator at St Nicholas Hospice Care in the UK, explains how bereavement activity groups are helping participants to learn new skills, feel more confident and renew their taste for life.

Doctors more reluctant to clash with families over end of life decisions in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Canada – National Post

Article about recent cases where physicians, worried about prolonging death and suffering, clash with families who feel everything must be done for their loved ones.

Children and the fear of death

The Telegraph

Thanatophobia, or the fear of death, is common among children aged four to eight. How should parents help their children come to terms with this upsetting phobia?

Ashya King: We must stop being cowardly about death

The Independent

The five-year-old’s story has made us confront the idea of terminal illness, in an age when we’ve lost the ability to discuss how we face our final days.

When it’s the doctor who can’t let go

The New York Times blog

Sometimes it’s the doctors, not the families, who can’t let a patient go.

What Joan Rivers taught us about dying

The Huffington Post blog

“The recipe for excellent end of life preparation is the ‘Three Ds’ – deciding, discussing and documenting.”

Melissa Rivers’ courageous decision

The Huffington Post blog

“Melissa Rivers made the hardest decision we ever have to make – she took her 81-year-old mother, Joan Rivers, off life support.”

Sanjeevani to usher in community-based palliative care movement in West Bengal

ehospice India

Over a 1000 trained volunteers have geared up to launch the first-ever community-based palliative care programme in east India, in Nadia district of West Bengal.

LGBT communities and end of life care

ehospice UK

As Trinity Hospice prepares for the launch of its LGBT Friends Group next week, CEO Dallas Pounds writes for ehospice about the hospice’s commitment to improve its relationship with people from lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.

September is Pain Awareness Month

ehospice USA

September is Pain Awareness Month in the US – A time of advocacy, education and outreach.

Alberta Health Services releases series of videos on grief support

ehospice Canada

The videos are now available to stream on YouTube and aim to help those grieving the loss of a loved one.

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