Monday, September 19, 2016
Hospital Wine for Terminally Ill (Video 1:40)
Quality of life for the terminally ill can be defined in innumerable ways. Depending on the person, it could mean something as extravagant as winning the largest lottery or something as simple as being hospitalized and having a glass of wine with dinner or visiting loved ones. The idea of being hospitalized and having a glass of wine is already being implemented by the palliative unit at a hospital that has a bar serving wine, whisky, and champagne.
Clermont-Ferrand Hospital, located in France where wine is a staple, provides additional quality end-of-life care for patients by serving medically supervised wine provided by local residents living in the area. After all, shouldn’t the pleasantries of living be available all the way through final days of our death journey? Patients are invited to drink wine at mealtimes. Caregivers are even encouraged to learn the basics of oenology, the science and study of wine and winemaking. A Roman playwright name Plautus said, “Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words.” Here’s to happy endings for all who are terminally ill! Cheers!
Frances Shani Parker, Author
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