Wednesday, January 20, 2016
A thank you letter to David Bowie from a palliative care doctor
Palliative care providers sometimes have a hard time being heard - yet alone listened to in the cacophony of hospital rhythms. Yet they often provide the needed holistic approach in caring for us nearing life's end. This British doctor was taken not only with David Bowie's music but also his approach at death's door:
"Your death at home. Many people I talk to as part of my job think that death predominantly happens in hospitals, in very clinical settings, but I presume you chose home and planned this in some detail. This is one of our aims in palliative care, and your ability to achieve this may mean that others will see it as an option they would like fulfilled. The photos that emerged of you some days after your death, were said to be from the last weeks of your life. I do not know whether this is correct, but I am certain that many of us would like to carry off a sharp suit in the same way that you did in those photos. You looked great, as always, and it seemed in direct defiance of all the scary monsters that the last weeks of life can be associated with."