EP17 Buddhism & Death Acceptance
"First on air 26 June 2021"

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sureeporn Thanasilp
Director of Asian Wisdom Care Research Unit
Faculty of Nursing
Chulalongkorn University

Teaching of the Buddha revolves around the fact that life is suffering and impermanent, and how to liberate oneself from such sufferings. It sees the cycle of life - birth, death, and rebirth - as a universal truth. According to Buddhist perspective, good death is the condition of mind at the time of death; dying in peace, without fear or mental suffering. For final-stage patients, whom nowadays are more preferably referred to as patients in palliative care, spiritual care can help them spend the rest of their time with positive mindset. It can supplement their physical wellbeing to a certain extent as well. Most of all, spiritual care helps prepare them to have a good death. At Chulalongkorn University, a group of nurses have been working and researching on how to better take care of the spiritual wellbeing of patients with terminal cancer, based on Buddhist principles. The team is known as Asian Wisdom Care Research Unit. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sureeporn Thanasilp of Faculty of Nursing, Chulalongkorn University, is the head of this team and the guest of this episode.