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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Published on 12 December 2017.
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Global CEO-Founder of ChangeU and Movsha Movers & Shakers, Hero-CEO Whisperer, Writer, The #1 Alpha Change Expert, Father of Asian FireWalking Robert Chaen is an International Keynote Speaker, writer, researcher, and corp games designer. He is famously known to be the “Hero-CEO Whisperer”, 1-on1 coaching with many CEOs and Celebrities for corporate strategies, staff & office political issues, personal branding, and even public figure OSHA safety drilling called Drager Defense. He has transformed CEOs and managers in Coca-Cola China, TVB Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airport Services, VADS, TM, Public Bank, Auditor General's Office Maldives, etc. He is the prolific creator and online Author of innovative management tools such as DragonCEO, Diamond Leader, Papillon Personal Effectiveness, OSHA Drager Defense, KPI Bank, etc. He is also the Founder of Movsha, an international networking with monthly mingles with MOVers & SHAkers, Angels, Entrepreneurs, CEOs, Celebrities, HR-PR-CSR, HODs, and the Most Influential IDEA people. ​Chaen is widely considered as one of the top International Platform Keynote Speakers for Resorts World Genting Senior Management Conference (Manila), 7-Eleven HK, Samsung, Coca-Cola China Mini-MBA @Tsing Hua University, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Jockey Club, The Story Conference where he interviewed Datuk Kamarudin (Chairman of AirAsia) and Siti Nurhaliza. He has been widely featured in TVB, AWSJ, CNBC, SCMP, The Star, and Sin Chew. As “The Father of Asian FireWalking”, he coached TVB celebrities (Ekin Cheng Yee-Kin) to walk on 650°C fire; and raised HK$68M in the world’s 1st and only live TV Charity FireWalk (TVB Tung Wah Charity Show), before Tony Robbins even came to Asia. If Robert can get you to walk on 650⁰C fire, he can inspire you to be THE BEST. He champions CN-HK-EU-US Tycoons to be philanthropic, and to be angel investors to support the next generation of Jack Mas, Steve Jobs, Richard Bransons, Steven Spielbergs, or Barrack Obamas. With some slick motivational speakers with fake doctorates out there, graduates often describe Robert to be "the most credible, empowering, truthful Coach" who believe in his graduates to believe in themselves. ​However, clients have described Robert as "The #1 Cool Badass Alpha Change Expert". He has the coolest first class stature, rapport and trust from clients. He will not hesitate to tell the badass truth ever so gently because clients are paying him big bucks to reveal the truth, find solutions, persuade the hostile HODs, and align cross-teams within the organization. Originally based in Hong Kong for 20+ years, he had worked with top Branding/Ad agencies at J Walter Thompson and Leo Burnett, and was a certified FranklinCovey (7 Habits) in USA, and NLP MasterCoach (USA). His warmth is known to soften the most hardened, resistant sceptics. He will inspire your team to Go for Top 1, or to be a Dragon CEO. With boundless energies, Robert owns 15+ successful business Joint-Ventures, and created unique products under his global VC network called Chaen's Angels VC. He is deeply passionate about ChangeUTH Youth CSR, Science-Based Medicine (vs. quackery), short films and Reality TV. Touched by a personal tragedy through the loss of his HK-born Portuguese wife, co-coach and business partner, Brenda José of 18 years, Robert explores the many ways in which the spirit world is communicating with the living with real scientific studies and evidence. He gives inspiring conferences on The Secret Afterlife.

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