Discussing Mortality- It Matters

My Case for Palliative Care 

Forced to face mortality is to walked through the fires of sorrow. It is not the stage on which anyone of us chooses to play. So joy in life is, so sorrow is too.

When the vigil begins, is the being mortal conversation open to include family and the patient facing imminent death?

How important is it for the patient’s medical team to visit daily and continue their involvement?

How important is it to not isolate the dying patient?

What becomes important when being mortal is one’s last reality?

Is there hope beyond hopelessness?

Is there anything in the natural world that possesses the power to reverse the last breath, or is the natural world indifferent to one’s finite being?

Wendy Karasin, who blogs, Musings of a Boomer, read a book written by a doctor, titled, Being Mortal. After she read the book, she asked this question. 

“Where do you stand on this issue?” I agree with Karasin’s observation that death is a tough subject to discuss, and many might think it too depressing to discuss. In my opinion, however painful or frightening, the discussion matters a great deal.

I posted her article, Being Mortal, here on my blog. I wonder what others think about, “Is death too upsetting to consider?”

Today, there are new programs available to open the discussion and address this issue of “being mortal”. In the last ten years, doctors who felt the need and importance to care for patients and address end of life matters, now have the opportunity to pursue a specialty in palliative care.Their dedication,compassion, and comprehensive care for patients who have come to the end of the medical-help road, has contributed enormous support for their terminal patients.

Equally important, palliative care programs offer guidance to those families who choose to become physically and emotionally involved in their loved one’s end care.

From my experience this creates a natural and comforting environment where all involved can talk together about end of life concerns, express emotions, and deal with spiritual matters, if faith has been a part of their lives.

Because I believe each person and their families must navigate mortality on their own terms, I only speak from my experience and belief.



    1. cmzwahlen says:

      Marcy, you are welcome.

      After I read some of your blog, I thank you for your courage!
      We learned the word terminal did not mean 6 months to die, it meant we had a gift of time. We lived voraciously. With my husband’s medical team’s blessings, I booked us a flight to Switzerland, my husband’s home country, for a month’s stay. My athletic husband’s strength was compromised, a feeding tube kept him nourished,and a bile duct drainage tube in his chest prevented blockage. I rented a wheelchair for the times he needed it, I shipped cases of Jevity to Switzerland for his feeding tube. He carried a portable feeding tube pump. We carried enough meds to fill a pharmacy shelf and morphine to control pain. While in Switzerland, we corresponded with our son and his fiance to help orchestrate their wedding taking place a month after our return. All in all, we lived, loved, laughed, cried,and leaned on God’s strength to see us through.

      Bless you!


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