CARING WITHOUT CURING – IT’S OK TO DIE. Palliative Care Institute of Southeast Louisiana Hospice of St. Tammany. Objectives. Communicate better with patients and families about death and dying Come to grips with personal issues about death
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Autonomy: respect for patient’s choice
Beneficence: do good
Non-maleficence: don’t harm
Justice: fair use of resources
Some needs expressed by patients:
Slowly, I learn about the importance of powerlessness. I experience it in my own life and I live with it in my work.
“The secret is not to be afraid of it – not to run away. The dying know we are not God.
“All they ask is that we do not desert them”
Shelia Cassidy, MD