Palliative care

Dogs and Guinness on the wards, complicated grief, DNAR discussions, and resisting assisted dying

Over the past 60 years a new field of medicine has emerged – palliative care. In this episode we interview Sarah Foot, a Christian palliative care doctor, who explains how she treats the physical, mental, social and even spiritual needs of those who are dying, the Christian foundations of the discipline, and what impact her profession has on her. We also discussed the renewed movement to legalise assisted suicide in Britain and other countries, how her colleagues viewed this, the ignorance which lies behind many of the arguments for changing the law, and the implications for palliative care should assisted dying be imposed upon it.

There’s lots more on the question of death and end of life care in my book Dying Well and you can also find plenty more to read in the end of life resources page too.

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