What actually is palliative care? And how is it different to end-of-life care?
“Palliative care provides a time to ask some usually taboo questions,” writes Western Australian researcher Samar Aoun. “What kind of death do you want to experience? Who is in your personal network? How will they respond to your life ending? What kind of support can they offer?” Read more in her story in The Conversation.
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A painted guide to death
“Talking about death will help us live together better,” says palliative care doctor Kathryn Mannix in this lovely, short, animated video.
The woman who celebrated her death before she died
The problem with dying is that you miss your own funeral. When Annie Werner, 45, discovered her breast cancer had spread and that her death was only a short time away, she decided to hold a “living wake”. So, she booked a hall and invited lots of friends to celebrate her life – and decorate her coffin. She described the process, the planning and the event to journalist Imogen Dewey from The Guardian.
Sepultura's Andreas Kisser: “I Don't Understand Why People Are So Afraid To Talk About Dying”
Sepultura, from Brazil, are one of the most respected heavy metal bands in the world, but success brings no protection against tragedy. In July 2022, the band’s guitarist Andreas Kisser lost his wife of 32 years, Patricia Perissinoto Kisser, to colon cancer. In November 2023, he was finally ready to talk about the experience – how the couple approached death, and the lessons learned during the process.