We've been privileged at Grace to engage in a four-week series of discussions around the End of Life. If you've missed them, you can watch them on Grace's Youtube Channel (the last one will be available by 11-21-20).
Here, our facilitator Shannon Moore, a retired palliative care physician, shares how dying can be a human, not a medical, experience. Read more about Shannon at the end of this entry.
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How to Make Love and Humanity Manifest at the End of Life
Dying is a human experience and needn’t be a medical one. As a physician for over thirty years, I’ve seen humanity and dignity lost in the maze of medical “miracles” that are frequently offered. As our bodies age or weaken, many times treatments are possible to combat one or a host of diseases or dysfunctions. Sometimes these therapies are helpful, but in the time approaching end-of-life, (days, weeks, months or even years) often these treatments only serve only to prolong the dying process, adding burden and suffering rather than comfort and dignity.