chapter  Chapter 15
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Conclusion

WithJanet Dunphy, Mary Kiely

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the concepts covered in the preceding chapters of this book. It is the author's belief that staying true to ourselves and cherishing our own spirit is crucial to enjoying and flourishing within palliative care. There will always be new technologies and drugs, new systems and pathologies to learn. Yet, ultimately, patients will all die in the same way, however different the route to their death may be. Healthcare workers are often strong self-aware individuals, not easily daunted by the challenges of modern life. The patient’s and his family’s feelings offer so much information about what they understand and hope for. This is vital information, which will enable the professional to meet the needs of a wide variety of people. The body may be healed by medicine, but the mind may be healed by a story.