"A Personal Life,
A Personal Death:
a Palliative Care
It’s not a paradox; the words “life” and “death” are interchangeable. It is not a tragedy that we die, but a miracle that we live at all. The crux of the matter is to carry that with you every day.
In the spring of 2014, The Alliance for End of Life Planning was proud to present the venerable Dr. Michael Fratkin. With over 16 years of experience in internal medicine, hospice and palliative medicine, Fratkin is currently the Medical Director of Palliative Care Consultation Services at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka.
During his talk, Michael shared what he is learning as he walks beside and behind people as they face the challenge of living fully while actively dying.
The first talk he gave on our behalf in 2011 garnered high attendance and heavy viewing on the local TV channel. You can view both of these videos below and share with your friends.
“How often do you think about death, and in what way?”
Stella (age 8), Sunny Brae:
“Not much. Maybe with car accidents. Maybe watching Penny, my cat, going into the road or people falling asleep and dying in their sleep.”
ASKED IN NORTHERN HUMBOLDT BY JOELLEN CLARK-PETERSON