Hospice & Palliative Medicine

… Dr. Elvira Parravicini describes her neonatal hospice program (starts at 16:00) … “Take care of your newborn and your newborn will tell you what to do … follow them … it’s always a mystery … this sense of lack of power leaves room to the Mystery that comes and casts light on doubts … […]

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“Those of us who have spent time in the company of people with mortal illness have learned from them that we are always challenged to know more and to help more effectively but, above all, to listen.  Sometimes there will be no answers to give to those in apparently desperate situations, and we find ourselves […]

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“I work as a psychologist in a hospital, and I deal in particular with pregnancy issues. A woman and her husband tried to have children for a long time, and last February the long-awaited pregnancy finally began. One month later, the woman was diagnosed with cancer. The doctors didn’t give her any hope of survival, […]

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Farr Curlin discusses Jeffrey Bishop’s book The Anticipatory Corpse … In The Anticipatory Corpse: Medicine, Power, and the Care of the Dying, physician-philosopher Jeffrey Bishop argues that modern medicine has adopted a “metaphysics of efficient causation”—a focus on the immediate cause of things that ignores their ultimate purpose. As a result, medicine now takes its […]

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The special attention owed to the dignity of suffering persons can never be forgotten … if on one hand – because of progress in the scientific-technological field – the ability to heal the sick has increased, on the other hand, the ability truly to care for suffering persons, considered in their totality and singularity, has […]

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… a grade school teacher’s suicide reveals our (therapeutic) culture’s reduction of grief to a disease that needs to be cured … rather than a mysterious journey on which we accompany each other. Wikipedia IMDb Rotten Tomatoes streams on Netflix

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an article about Dr. Elvira Parravicini and her work in neo-natal hospice … “The only road is reality. Reality speaks. The baby gives us all the signs we need, because he is given, to the parents and to me, to us, who cannot define his destiny. Only the One who gave it knows where it […]

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Victoria Kennedy in opposition to Massachusetts’s proposed assisted suicide law … also Ira Byock … Ezekiel Emmanuel … Ben Mattlin.

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… Ian Marcus Corbin discusses Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs … “ … Górecki offers graceful, meandering exploration that, if one is patient, offers the humbler salve of continuity. This sort of grief, Mr. Górecki seems to sense, must be lived through, not rushed past. What consolation does come comes by way of passing time, […]

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