Good Death Reflection

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The film titled "Good Death: Case Studies in the End of Life-Care" illustrates stories of four patients with a terminal illness who decide to embrace the finality of their lives by spending their last days at the Sacred Heart Palliative Care Hospital in Sydney Australia. Norma Andrews, Sandy Riches, Darryl Calver, and John Peart are all patients battling terminal cancer who, instead of enduring futile and hopeless treatments, choose to spend the last weeks and months of their lives engaging in uplifting activities and being surrounded by their family and friends.
Although their stories are portrayed as intertwined, the viewer gets a quite intimate and personal insight into each patient's journey and their struggles with the disease. Furthermore,
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In the interviews with Riches, the viewer gets a sense that the patient remains hopeful throughout her visits in and out of the hospital. However, we can also sense her fear and anxiety as she expresses her concerns about how her death might affect her beloved husband. Sandy Riches also articulates her wish to die in the palliative care hospital instead of her home as she fears that it could have a dire and negative impact on her husband's grief and his ultimate future.
Finally, we are introduced to 53-year-old John Peart who is portrayed battling bowel cancer. Peart is also spending his last few months in the palliative care hospital; he is shown as being always surrounded and tended to by his closest family who visits him frequently as his complex pain does not allow him to enjoy almost any activities and permanently binds him to the hospital bed. Despite the extreme pain that John Peart is shown to constantly experience, he is portrayed as a resilient man who bravely battles his illness until finally surrendering to it while surrounded by his loved
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The movie introduces stories of four patients who refuse to continue invasive medical treatments and choose to deal with the end of their lives by spending their last moments living pain-free and surrounded by their families and friends. Another concept that relates to the course material is one of living with a life-threatening illness. As all the patients are shown dealing with deadly diseases, the viewers get an intimate glimpse into their role and existence as the dying members of the society. Although the patients' lives are mostly filled with doctors and hospital visits, we are also allowed to experience their precious private moments such as laughing with their families, hugging their close ones, and enjoying a glass of champagne during a holiday celebration. Finally, another concept that relates to the course material is the idea of pain management. While all the patients illustrated in the film are ultimately dying from the same disease, they all face unique challenges when it comes to pain and its management. Throughout the movie, we are familiarized with each patient's struggles and their battle to endure treatments that are designed to alleviate their suffering and make them pain-free and comfortable. Despite the various methods and medications that the staff of the hospital makes to ease the patients' existence, we learn that experiencing and managing pain is a highly personal

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