Frank Brennan's address on euthanasia

On Friday the 8th of April 2011 The Nathaniel Centre and Hospice New Zealand hosted a one-day Conference that looked at the broader societal implications of legalising euthanasia in New Zealand. In this issue we are pleased to reprint the address given by Palliative Physician and Story Teller Frank Brennan. In his words, those who favour and those who disagree with euthanasia start at a common point – the simple acknowledgement of human suffering – but with completely different destinations in mind. Drawing on story and poetry, Dr Brennan shows that when the hope of a cure is gone the challenge we all face is to broaden the plane of hope.