It was Robert Bolt who once said: ‘Even at our birth, death does but stand aside a little. And every day he looks towards us and muses somewhat to himself whether that day or the next he will draw nigh‘. How true. But most of us do our utmost to avoid talking about, or even thinking about death, despite the fact that it is all around us. A healthy acceptance of our mortality is often suppressed or even missing.
First year medical student and journalist Ilana Yurkiewicz has penned a very insightful and honest piece in Scientific American entitled: ‘When a Patient is Ready to Talk About Death, but a Medical Student is Not‘. It raises many issues that I’m sure will strike a chord with most of us.
As a Christian Minister, death and dying are very much part and parcel of my working life; perhaps that makes me more accepting and aware of death as a natural process. But it’s still not easy to talk about.
Anyway, here is the article: