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“He’s in the garage” — taking time at the end of life

Karen L Dunn
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (11): 615.
Published online: 7 December 2009

I have always dreaded that moment at funerals when you see the coffin for the first time. Perhaps it’s the finality of death or the sadness of the loss, but that moment seemed an inevitable consequence of the dying process, until I was faced with the impending death of my father.

  • Karen L Dunn

  • Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.

Correspondence: karen.dunn@rch.org.au

Acknowledgements: 

I acknowledge my mother, family and friends, and the palliative care team, for making it possible for dad to stay at home.

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