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Hospitals and the ‘Bad’ Death

Here are some of the key messages that emerge from this topic. What do you think? Did you pick out any others? Please share your thoughts with other learners in …

What is assisted dying?

Assisted dying is an umbrella term used to describe the process whereby an individual can legally request and receive medically administered or self-administered medication from a doctor or nurse prescriber …

Legalisation of Assisted Dying

Please watch the video above which shows a world map of the countries which have legalised assisted dying, and when. Although the right-to-die movement did exist in the first half …

What is hospital palliative care?

The World Health Organisation defines palliative care as: “…an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem associated with life-threatening illness, through the …

Dying: What does it really mean?

Dying has different interpretations and is associated with varying emotional responses. What is dying? Do you think about physical symptoms and/or specific diseases? Or perhaps you remember challenging emotions when …

Interview with Ms Merilynne Rush

In this short podcast, Ms Merilynne Rush discusses her background as a midwife and how it led her to her current work training and mentoring end-of-life doulas. We also discuss …

End-of-Life Doulas

A new and potentially important form of community-based end-of-life caregiving is emerging in the global North. While there is no mutually agreed name for this role, common descriptors include ‘end-of-life …