To be or not to be? For three years at the Department of Palliative Medicine at the VFN hospital in Prague, we follow the stories of seriously ill patients and their physicians, Ondřej and Kateřina, who heal with words, kindness, and human touch.
More than two-thirds of the Czech population spend their last moments in a hospital. Yet, few know what palliative care means, and their awareness is often limited to the concepts of incurable illness and impending death. The individual stories balance on the edge of pain and relief and hope and despair. Where no cure exists, we can at least talk about living the last, but no less important, part of life with dignity and according to the wishes of the patients and their loved ones.