Art of Dying Volume One - Page 66

Observations KAREN WYATT, MD “ 66 | ART OF DYING JULIANNA MONTANO PHOTOGRAPHY Today everyone has the opportunity to be more informed and better prepared to die. I became a hospice volunteer after my father committed suicide. I was a family practice doctor struggling with grief and guilt over his death. As a family practitioner, I had treated depression and worked with suicidal patients. The fact that I couldn't save my own father was devastating. As a doctor, it caused me to lose confidence in my practice. I had the idea that if I volunteered for hospice, diving headlong into death and dying, it would help me find my way. The moment I made my first house visit to a hospice patient, I knew that this was the work I was meant to do. So I switched from family practice to hospice care as my full time work.