“Not Taught in Med School: Interpreting Dreams of the Dying” -next avenue

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“A hospice doctor’s TEDx Talk about his research on end-of-life dreams”

by Emily Gurnon – next avenue

“When Dr. Christopher Kerr was a young physician, he visited a patient he calls Tom, who was very ill. Outside the room, Kerr told a nurse they could try antibiotics — that Tom had more time.

“‘Nope, he’s dying,’ the nurse replied, without even looking up.

“How did she know? Kerr asked.

“ ‘Because he’s seen his deceased mother,’ the nurse said.

“Kerr, chief medical officer at Hospice Buffalo in New York, discovered he needed to learn more about what end-of-life experiences meant.

“He then led a research team from the Palliative Care Institute in Cheektowaga, N.Y. in a long-term study on dreams and visions in the dying. Based on extensive interviews with people who were dying, they examined what their dreams and visions consisted of, whether they perceived them as positive or negative and whether the dreams might serve as a predictor of when death would come.”

Continue reading this next avenue article and watch the TEDTalk video, click here.

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