Susan Brown: Somebody’s life tells its personal story – and we’re able to hear on the finish


We’re the full of what has occurred to us throughout our lives. The individuals we’ve met, the reminiscences we’ve made, the issues which have impressed us and the issues which have been tough.

It merely doesn’t make sense to attempt to perceive somebody individually from their story. They’ve been formed by it and each thought, ­perspective or response is part of it. ­Separating somebody from their ­story is unimaginable.

Susan Brown is the Policy and Public Affairs Manager at Marie Curie.

Susan Brown is the Coverage and Public Affairs Supervisor at Marie Curie.


In a well being and social care setting, it doesn’t actually make sense to attempt to care for somebody with out realizing what drives, motivates or conjures up them, or certainly what they may want and need. The significance of this might be mentioned with well being and social care professionals at our Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh’s annual convention on person-centred care.

There’s a typical notion that healthcare is impersonal so the large focus in Scotland on selling ­person-centred care is welcome. But usually the realities of offering care below declining sources, ­together with cash, time and low staffing, can typically cease that from ­occurring.

In person-centred care, typically realizing the entire story doesn’t make a giant distinction. In my latest vascular surgical procedure, I used to be completely happy that the main target of my care was about ­serving to me to run once more and that the surgeon didn’t must know the remainder of my ­story. You understand the a part of the story you want.

For somebody on the finish of life although, understanding their story could make the distinction. It will probably imply somebody doesn’t die in worry or alone and eases the grieving course of for his or her family members left behind.

At Marie Curie, we look after individuals dwelling with terminal sickness, usually on the finish of their lives, and we have a tendency to listen to extra of individuals’s ­tales. ­Palliative care is a extra holistic sort of help, caring not just for ­individuals’s bodily signs, but additionally their psychological, social or ­non secular wants.

In specialist palliative care settings, like these at Marie Curie, we see ­individuals with complicated and infrequently a number of situations, and we regularly have extra interplay with households. One a part of the story isn’t ok right here. We have to perceive extra of it.

Addressing individuals’s fears, ­listening to their needs and understanding their desires might help individuals die peacefully, surrounded by the ­individuals and issues they love. That helps us do an excellent job.

It’s all about getting to grasp how somebody got here to be the place they’re and serving to them get to the place they need or have to be. In fact, for some individuals, privateness is extra essential and we work with them to verify they obtain the very best care too.

What we’re conscious about although is that we’re a part of ­individuals’s tales they usually grow to be a part of ours. Lots of the those who work for Marie Curie, or help us, have their very own tales, of people that have died, or of the care they obtain or didn’t obtain on the finish of life. We’re encouraging individuals to share these tales on social media all through March. If you want to hitch in, please use #EveryDaffodil.

A palliative care nurse might grow to be so as a result of his mum didn’t obtain the help she wanted, just like the one in 4 individuals nonetheless lacking out in ­Scotland. A volunteer fundraiser could also be amassing in considered one of our Nice ­Daffodil Enchantment collections this March as a result of the care the Marie Curie hospice offered as their dad died meant the world to them. Or a sister is perhaps sporting a daffodil due to the calm and reassuring manner the Marie Curie nurse sat and helped her household grieve after her brother died in his personal mattress. Behind each daffodil there’s a narrative and the dying of a good friend or cherished one isn’t the top of that story.

It will also be the start of one other story ensuring that ­individuals get the care and help they deserve on the finish of life.

It will probably assist encourage ­others to get entangled and it could actually unite us all in calling for extra honest and dignified well being and social care providers. Each story is essential, each ­story may be highly effective, ­each story might help change the world to be a ­higher place.

Susan Brown is the coverage and ­public Affairs supervisor at Marie Curie.

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