The seriously ill and their families often want to protect each other from thoughts of death. Conversation about end-of-life choices are, however, essential to a good death.
Nurses who surround the process of medically assisted dying are an important source of insight into the real conversations our society needs to have about what it's really like.
Western Australia might soon become the second state in Australia to legalise voluntary assisted dying. Its proposed law draws on the Victorian model, but has some important differences, too.
As we sit on the cusp of voluntary assisted dying becoming legal in Victoria, we expect it won't always be simple for people who want it to access it – at least in the legislation's early days.
It is not always easy to identify who needs palliative care.
Palliative radiation therapy can improve a cancer patient's life, by alleviating pain and other symptoms. Unfortunately, some doctors associate the term with end-of-life care and fail to refer people.
One of the great success stories in healthcare, a quarter of the UK hospice sector is said to be close to collapse.
You've more than likely heard of birth doulas. But nowadays, death doulas are providing support at the end of life. How they fit into existing structures of care remains to be understood.
In the final days of life, it may be too late to choose how you want to die, who you want to be cared by, and how you'd like your symptoms managed.
New findings show what the public really thinks about how we prioritise treatments at the end of people's lives.
The UK has one of the most developed palliative care services in the world, yet people still miss out.
Most elderly Canadians do not receive the end-of-life care they desire. A new study hopes to rectify this.
Half of all patients diagnosed with cancer in the UK still die of the disease.
The Massachusetts Medical Society recently reversed its long-held opposition to physician-assisted suicide. A psychiatrist notes many physicians are painfully conflicted about participating.
Excruciating pain at the end of life is extremely rare. The evidence shows pain and other symptoms, such as fatigue, insomnia and breathing issues, actually improve as people move closer to death.
The main arguments used by those who voted against assisted dying – including that the bill has insufficient safeguards – in Victoria's upper house, deserve further scrutiny.
A palliative care doctor discusses his interactions with his patients: "I wouldn't know what I would want were I in their shoes," he says.
Our study found people held narrow, often inaccurate and outdated understandings of palliative care.
Australia has few public rituals around death, leaving people to figure out how to process grief alone. But Mexico's Day of the Dead, with its focus on art and community, could help us cope better.
Here are some tips if you are looking after someone who is nearing the end of their life.