The forbidden topic

by | Feb 14, 2019

I had the opportunity to speak to a prostate cancer support group in the week and as part of my discussion brought up the topic of death and dying. It is not unreasonable to discuss palliative treatment in the setting of advanced cancer or even terminal care, but don’t mention the “D-word”!

In a separate group discussion it was interesting to note the use of the term ”transition” instead of dying. We can accept the possibility of moving on or passing on or finding rest, but not the term dying. Why do you think this is the case? Is dying just too difficult to digest?

When you think about dying what thoughts do you have? If I consider the examples in nature, dying suggest finality. The dead tree in the garden, the dead pet , the dead grandparent, they all are never go is To me dying suggest finality.

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