They had been married for 60 years. Nearly seven times the average life expectancy of a marriage by today’s standards. And now she lay dying in a hospital bed.Read More
Canadian Mother’s Day is just around the corner. While it is meant to be a special day for people to honour the most important women in their lives, for a lot of us this day can really suck. My sister and I recently spoke candidly about growing up without a mother after our mom was killed in a car accident over 20 years ago.Read More
It wasn’t long after I started working as a palliative care doctor before I realized that palliative medicine is largely misunderstood. Many people think they know exactly what palliative care is. Unfortunately, what people think they know is often inaccurate and based on myth rather than fact. These common misconceptions about palliative care can instill fear and anxiety in those being introduced to palliative services for the first time.
Welcome to the bane of every palliative care clinician’s existence.Read More
The most important lessons I’ve learned in medicine have come from the wisdom of patients. While every patient’s story has intrinsic value, some leave a lasting impression.Read More
When I tell people I’m a palliative care doctor, I typically get one of two responses. The first is usually a well-intentioned, “Oh wow, it takes such a special person to do what you do.”
The second is a straight-faced, slightly awkward, “That’s so depressing. I don’t know how you do it.”
I find both statements equally irksome. Here’s why.Read More
Hi fellow mortals!
Every now and then I’ll post a “Bedside Story” on my blog. These are short creative pieces (i.e. poems and stories) born from experiences I’ve had at the bedside as a hospice and palliative care doctor.
Consider this a bit of therapy for me, and hopefully gentle reading for you.Read More
In Bhutan, there’s a belief that thinking about death five times a day will make you happy. In Thailand, Buddhist Monks have been known to meditate to photos of rotting corpses as a reminder of their own mortality.
Pretty dark and twisty, right?
What if thinking about death is the dark and twisty secret to living a more fulfilled life?Read More