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Share your tips for better “Beside Manner:” Life Before Death Film 30


Tips for better “bedside manner.” Leave your white coat at the door (if you can’t get by without it altogether). Say hello. Introduce yourself. Sit down Eye contact. Interact with patient as a person (OK some small talk: food, weather, family photo). Spend time Turn your pager/cell phone to vibrate Ignore your pager for a … Continue reading

Nurses, you can’t do without them! Life before Death Film 29


Nurses, where to start? My mother was a hospice nurse and my sister a peds nurse. I met my wife  when she was nursing in a home of the dying. Our eldest is now studying nursing in Brisbane, Australia. Nurses have taught me so much of what is important in caring for people near the … Continue reading

“Cure???” Life Before Death Film 28


“But what exactly is meant by “cured”? Until the late 1950’s the term cure was generally taken to mean, in research terms, an overall 5 year survival rate. Now, however, the statistical concept of cure is much closer to the one we all have in mind – that for a group of post-treatment cancer patients, … Continue reading

“The D… parrot!” Monty Python meets @LifeBeforeDeath; Film 26


I have been wrestling with this over the last five days since Mike Hill and Sue Collins from Moonshine posted “The D word.”  In a few minutes, they capture the sensitivity of the issue as it applies across cultures. And I greatly appreciate the need for that sensitivity. Increasingly, the evidence is mounting that an … Continue reading

“Opium, Sinner or Saint?” Life Before Death Film No 22


It is interesting to see Cynthia Goh opening this film. On flights into Singapore, passengers are given warnings over the speakers that the import of “narcotics” is punishable by the death penalty. Clearly opium is perceived more as a sinner than a saint. But what is a saint? Without getting into a theological discussion, lets … Continue reading

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