23 May 2018, The Tablet

A natural end: a palliative medicine pioneer says a frank discussion of dying can feel so helpful


Advance care planning

A natural end: a palliative medicine pioneer says a frank discussion of dying can feel so helpful
 

It’s surprising how many people make plans for after their death, yet avoid planning the way they would like to die.

Ignatio has planned his funeral. The plan is in an envelope in his sideboard cutlery drawer, marked, “For when I die”. He sees it every time he sets his table for his daily meals for one. Ignatio has written a will. Henry, his nephew and carer, will inherit the flat and its contents.

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