In which we discuss the evolving practice of palliative care in Canada, and I read a short extract from Conversations On Dying. One of the things I wanted to do in the book was to contrast the death of Dr. Larry Librach, who died at home, cared for by physicians he had trained himself, from the palliative care centre he founded, with the death of my elder brother, in a long-term care facility unsuited and ill-prepared to deal with terminal patients. If Larry’s was a good death, John’s death was, by contrast, a bad one. In this short extract I travelled from Canada with my wife Natalie, to visit John one last time before his death. We were accompanied by my twin sister, Sally, and my aunt, Freda. Here’s the link.
In this picture (above), John is flanked by me and my twin sister Sally. At the front are my younger brother Barrie (left) and younger sister Julie.