Death and talking about death is still a taboo subject for many of us. Joining Sean this morning was Dr. Atul Gawande who practices general and endocrine surgery and is professor in both the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
Dr, Gawande is also an author of Being Mortal, a book which tackles the issues of end-of-life care. In the book, Atul argues that in trying to keep people alive for as long as possible we might actually be inflicting more suffering.
Also joining the conversation is Sharon Foley, CEO of the Irish Hospice Foundation, a national charity which strives to ensure best care at end of life for all in Ireland.
We have become a great country to live in – but the Irish Hospice want Ireland to be a great country to die in too. Their philosophy is to help people to LIVE WELL until the end.
Download the Irish Hospice Foundation 'Think Ahead' brochure here.
Watch:An interview with Dr. Gawande