The fear of dying in pain

Holding aged hands

Yesterday “The Conversation” webpage which is known in Australia for its academic rigour and accurate research posted a story called, “No, most people aren’t in severe pain when they die“.

Often people avoid seeking palliative care until quite near their death, not knowing the wonderful help they can receive from Palliative Care teams.  It is not only about the physical pain, it is also about the emotional and spiritual pain a person is experiencing.  The story does highlight that palliative care in hospitals is widely available, but hopes that care can be extended more fully to people’s homes and age care facilities.