A Beautiful Death

Consumer Reports shared a video titled, “A Beautiful Death – Paul’s Choice,” which details Paul Scheier’s decision to forgo a second round of chemotherapy and to, instead, opt for hospice and palliative care services.

Paul’s story:  In the spring of 2013, malignant nodules appeared in Paul’s right lung, where a large cancerous tumor had been removed a year earlier. The doctors told Paul that he had between six and 12 months to live and that chemotherapy might buy him a little more time. Paul declined this option. He knew how debilitating chemo could be and he recently suffered a terrible infection, caused by a hernia and gallbladder operation. Paul decided the best decision for his situation was to spend the remainder of his days playing golf, having lunch with old friends, and enjoying time with his wife and children.

“At my age, I wasn’t going to go through chemo,” he said in an interview last summer. “I felt it was getting close to my time, so why not live happily for the next six months or year? We knew what the end result was going to be anyway.”

  Paul died peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones. This is what the hospice and palliative community would describe as a “good death” or, in Paul’s case, a “beautiful death.”

The Consumer Report survey revealed that, out of the 2,015 Americans surveyed, 86% want to spend their final days at home and 50% prefer pain management and comfort over more medical treatments.

 At Serenity Hospice & Palliative Care, it is our mission to provide this type of care to you and your loved ones. Our mission is to prevent and relieve suffering and promote quality of life through patient centered and family inclusive care, education and advocacy; delivered with compassion and thoughtful consideration of each individual’s beliefs and values. We believe that everyone deserves the same feeling of peace and comfort that Paul felt near his end-of-life and that our specialized team will provide the best level of care for you or your loved ones.