Dying in Your Mother’s Arms
A palliative care doctor on finding a “good death” for children in the worst situations.
Video by John Beder
Mr. Beder is a filmmaker.
If losing a child to an illness is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, Dr. Nadia Tremonti has made it her mission to make it better.
It’s not easy. But as a pediatric palliative care physician, she works to ensure that terminally ill children receive quality end-of-life care. Palliative care is sometimes misunderstood to shorten life expectancy, but it’s a method that increases quality of life, improves symptom burden and decreases medical costs. We follow Dr. Tremonti in the short documentary above as she works to make death less medical and more human. In the process she asks a critical question: When a child is terminally ill, how can we make the end of life a better one?
John Beder is a filmmaker and a co-founder of Bed Rock Productions.
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