Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss

Rachel Clarke

Favourite Quote: “But what dominates palliative medicine is not the proximity to death, but the best bits of living. Kindness, courage, tenderness – these are the qualities that so often saturate a person’s last days.”

Review: Poignant and a genuine insight into the emotional difficulties of supporting a loved one through a terminal diagnosis through the eyes of a palliatives care specialist who’s daily role is to provide care to those in similar situations. Beautifully and heart-warmingly written it showcases the very human side of palliative care and how the small things that can be done – not necessarily through prescription or complex investigation – can make all the difference to patients and their loved ones. Perhaps most human about this work is the description of the author’s own feelings with her father’s terminal diagnosis and sharing their experiences together. A touching novel worth reading for those both in and out with the medical field that stands out as a passionate note to her father, patients and profession.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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