Why is it so hard to listen and accept people who are experiencing illness ?

My experience being a carer led me to be shocked by the self -righteousness and arrogance of health professionals. They seemed totally convinced that they knew and understood the experience of the patient better than the patient.

It seems so easy for health workers to talk about giving respect and dignity to patients but in reality they seem to have no idea.

Perhaps this is not just health workers. Perhaps this self-righteousness is entrenched in our society. Maybe we all need to become more aware of our own self-righteousness and prejudice.

This blog from Kate Swaffer should cause us all to think about how we respond to people who have a terminal illness.

The last few months have been a very difficult time for me; physically, emotionally and also in terms of managing the disabilities of dementia, and due to this it has been very necessary for me to manage the stress. Since February, I have consciously kept myself much busier than usual to avoid thinking about the pain of being […]

via The real tragedy of dementia —


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