Atul Gawande supports World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2014

Saturday, 11 October 2014 Print

Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse

Atul Gawande supports World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2014

On World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2014, the acclaimed author and surgeon Dr Atul Gawande gave a message of support.

"Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. The first times, some cry. Some shut down. Some hardly notice. When I saw my first deaths, I was too guarded to weep. But I had recurring nightmares in which I’d find my patients’ corpses in my house—even in my bed.

I felt as if I’d failed. But death, of course, is not a failure. Death is normal. Death may be the enemy, but it is also the natural order of things. I knew these truths abstractly, but I didn’t know them concretely—that they could be truths not just for everyone but also for this person right in front of me, for this person I was responsible for.

Support World Hospice and Palliative Care Day on October 11th 2014 to recognise and support the 10 million palliative professionals, volunteers and family carers worldwide'

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