Every Day Dying video project
St Vincents Health Australia recently created a video project to straighten out some of the common misconceptions surrounding end of life and end of life care.
Talking to patients with terminal illnesses, family members and their staff about their experiences with death and dying, they asked those approaching death about what was important to them and their families; and how they felt about palliative care.
They also asked their staff – many of whom care for people approaching the end of their lives every day – about the lessons they’ve learned, and their concerns around assisted suicide.
The Every Day Dying videos capture people at their most vulnerable and at their most courageous.
Experts in medicine, law, aged care and Catholic teaching explore issues related to end of life care including planning for the end of life, palliative care and euthanasia.
While recently in Australia, British actress, comedian and disability
activist Liz Carr recorded this message to Victorians imploring them reject euthanasia and
Victorian barrister Julian McMahon (AC) shares his concerns about legalising euthanasia and physician assisted suicide.
Professor David Kissane (a palliative care physician and psychiatrist) outlines why "safeguards" are not effective.
Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk, Archbishop of Utrecht (with doctorates in medical bioethics research and philosophy) talks about the consequences and reality of euthanasia in the Netherlands.
Jeanette had less than a year to live when she
asked her cancer doctor for the pills to commit suicide. Instead,
her doctor encouraged her to consider treatment. 15 years later Jeanette
is grateful to still be living.