Freedom from pain goes a long way to a “good death”

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:235
  1. Julia Riley, consultant in palliative medicine (
  1. Royal Marsden Hospital, London

    My sister in law died of metastatic malignant melanoma five years ago, leaving behind a six year old boy, a four year old boy, and a pair of 10 month old twins. My recollection of her last weeks is pain, pain, and more pain.

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    A child at Winston's Wish: I light my candle on important days when I want to think about my dad

    A year after her death the family attended a bereavement weekend at Winston's Wish—a charity that supports bereaved children and young adults—in Gloucestershire. Winston's Wish offers young people support and information to help them understand what has happened, slowly allowing them to learn to live with their loss. The charity has worked with over 2000 young people since 1992.

    The charity workers' greatest skill is in encouraging children to communicate non-verbally. On their weekend …

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