From Palliative Care Australia Stories about living, dying and Palliative Care
12 May 2017
Sam Hurst may have lived a few extra weeks had he opted for more chemotherapy. Instead, the 17-year-old declined treatment and made the most of his remaining months. In the lead-up to National Palliative Care Week (21-28 May) his mother Lorna generously shares his story, celebrating Sam’s short but vibrant life and the factors that contributed to him dying a good death.
9 May 2017
For some bereaved mothers, the weeks leading up to Mother’s Day are even more difficult than the day itself. Social workers Elham Day from Hummingbird House and Liz Arnott from Bear Cottage suggest planning in advance for Sunday 14 May.
6 March 2017
Fiona Hawthorne explains how she came to head Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice, and gives tips on how to support grieving parents.
10 February 2017
Recognising that grandparents are often forgotten mourners when children die, Bear Cottage children’s hospice has started an annual camp which provides much-needed therapeutic support.
25 October 2016
To mark Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, artist Anzara Clark shares the moving story behind her award-winning artwork, Christening Shroud, created in memory of her grandson Cody who died the day before he was born.
8 September 2016
Ceramic artist Ashley Fiona was just 13 when her mother died. She explains what she has learned about grief, loss and healing, and the care and love that goes into making porcelain ashkeepers for bereaved families.
8 December 2015
When Mary Brennan’s young son died of bone cancer back in the early 1970s, palliative care was unheard of. More than 40 years later, she reflects on the experience, and her elder son’s decision to work in palliative care.
14 October 2015
A new film, Joseph’s Story, illustrates how palliative care has enabled seven-year-old Joseph Stewart and his family to live well, despite his life-threatening condition.
4 September 2015
A new DVD capturing life-affirming stories about paediatric palliative care is available free to people wishing to raise awareness.
- Frail elderly put new pressure on prisons to provide palliative care
- One third of elderly patients receive futile treatment before they die
- Symbolic works created with ink-filled syringe capture life and offer therapy
- The most intimate thing I’ve done in my life: Kylie’s story
- Vicarious trauma: a young nurse shares her experience