A Nurse on Dying

A dying nurse’s thoughts on palliative care:

“Dying isn’t just about the physical stuff, it’s about the heart, the spirit. Most patients will tell you that nobody talks to them about the dying process and what to expect. They’re in a place where they feel so alone.

“I go to those dark places with them. I can’t understand what they’re going through — nobody can die for you — but being able to listen to them means somebody cares.”

Chris Sherwood RN is dying from a rapidly advancing form of Parkinson’s. His attitude exemplifies the best of nursing. Go read the article in the Toronto Star.

  1. #1 by jennjilks on Sunday 15 August 2010 - 1909

    This is exactly why I wrote my book. No one wants to talk about this part of dying. I have so loved my hospice clients.

  2. #2 by Lisa b on Sunday 15 August 2010 - 1939

    I have incredible respect for people who do palliative care. I have been shocked to discover how many doctors are so uncomfortable even discussing the possibility of death. I loved this article.

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