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An Honest Death: A Palliative Care Doctor’s Final Days

An Honest Death: A Palliative Care Doctor’s Final Days

Watch heart-touching original NHK World video on Masahiro Tanaka:

It all began with an unusual request: “Could you film everything about me until I die?” Masahiro Tanaka was a palliative care doctor and Buddhist priest who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was an end-of-life specialist who helped thousands of patients die peacefully. Now he had to face his own impending death. The film crew set out to document an “ideal death”, but what they witnessed was quite different. This program offers an unflinchingly honest look at human nature at its most vulnerable.

“I flew to Hong Kong and rushed to see Brenda with the high hope of helping her fight for her life. But when I arrived at ICU Ruttonjee Hospital, she was in a coma. One and half hours later, the doctor came. He said they had done all they could have done for her.

I remember the doctor advising me and asking for my permission to DNR Brenda, my late wife if her heart fails – as it’s pointless to prolong her life for maybe just a few more minutes.

All her major organs i.e. kidney, lungs had failed or failing (except her heart and brain) from toxic contamination from a perforated intestines caused by Crohn’s Disease. She suffered from Crohn’s Disease for 19 years. She was one of the first Crohn’s Disease patients to be diagnosed in Hong Kong. She survived her first perforation of intestines in 1995 after being saved by a visiting British Chinese Surgeon; but the second time it was not detected until it was too late.

Brenda always wanted to die before me. That was our Soul Agreement. We agreed that if one of us were a “vegetable”, we will give permission to “pull the plug”. 

Seeing Brenda die helplessly over 23 hours 23 minutes on 23 December 2013 was the hardest ordeal and test of faith I ever had to go through. Read about “Facing the day of Brenda José’s death”:

Now it’s my Twin Souls Mission as a Soul Whisperer to help others crossover, help their families get closure, and maybe receive an Afterlife Sign from their loved ones. My guardian angel Brenda whispered to me on 15 February 2017 that she will be reincarnate 5 years after she crossed over. And we’ll find each other again.

I will find Brenda out of the 130 million babies born each year. I’ll recognize a little girl whom I’ll know it will be her.”
~ Whisperer Robert Chaen
Some quotes from the video:

  • Teacher means “to be born before”.
    ● Speaking was a way to confirm the value of his life.
    ● Nothing is lonelier than being ignored.
  • DNR = Do Not Resuscitate
  • Continuous Deep Sedation – sleep state, usually done with the patient has less than 2 weeks to live. The person passes away in their sleep. ‘Let me sleep when the pain becomes unbearable.”


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By Robrenda
Published on 12 December 2017.
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