End of life care is not a failure


Mary Gardner, DVM, and Coleen Ellis discuss compassionate palliative care

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In this episode of The Vet Blast Podcast, Mary Gardner, DVM, and Coleen Ellis share their thoughts on and approach to end-of-life care. The pair also discuss their book Forever Friend: A children's guide and activity book for saying goodbye to a special dog.

Below is a partial transcript. Listen to the full podcast for more.

Coleen Ellis: We live in this death avoidance society. We live in this society that believes death is a failure. We live in this society that believes euthanasia is a failure. And, you know, for Mary and I, to kind of stand really tall as educators in this space and as as pioneers in this space and to say, "Hey, listen, it is a when. It's not an if; it is a when." And so how do we begin to wrap an experience around it where when the day comes, because it will come, ...how can you look back and fully, truly with a full heart, say the end was perfect?

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