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3 comments on “Allowing death to arrive naturally, as desired

  1. gloria mundi

    Tuesday 1st May 2012 at 10:10 pm

    humbling and inspirational.

  2. Susan Morris

    Thursday 26th April 2012 at 12:57 pm

    What a most moving piece.

    Diagnosing dying can be a tricky business. Palliative care nurse specialists have been shown to be the best prognosticators and also sometimes undiagnose dying, though someone needs to have realised the patient is pretty crook to refer to a palliative care team in the first place.

    An alternative is to ask the doctor or nurse ‘ would you be surprised if ‘Mary’ died in the next year?’

    ‘Dying’ is not a medical diagnosis in its own right despite having unique symptoms and signs that the only diagnosis can be dying rather than ‘acutely deteriorating from multiple irreversible pathology’.

    I would like to see ‘dying’ be recognised as a diagnosis in its own right almost like a syndrome as a collection of symptoms.

    The forthcoming Natural Death Handbook talks of diagnosing dying as well as advance care planning options and putting your affairs I order for the dying.

    Susan Morris, nurse

  3. Susan Morris

    Thursday 26th April 2012 at 12:53 pm

    What a most moving piece.

    Diagnosing dying can be a tricky business. Palliative care nurse specialists have been shown to be the best prognosticators and also sometimes undiagnose dying, though someone needs to have realised the patient is pretty crook to refer to a palliative care team in the first place.

    An alternative is to ask the doctor or nurse ‘ would you be surprised if ‘Mary’ died in the next year?’

    ‘Dying’ is not a medical diagnosis in its own right despite having unique symptoms and signs that the only diagnosis can be dying rather than ‘acutely deteriorating from multiple irreversible pathology’. I would like to see ‘dying’ be recognised as a diagnosis almost like a syndrome as a collection of symptoms.

    The forthcoming Natural Death Handbook talks of diagnosing dying as well as advance care panning options and putting your affairs I order for the dying.

    Susan Morris, nurse

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