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Fourth Salzburg Question looks at emotional and financial toll of losing a loved one

Fourth Salzburg Question to launch on International Day of Families

Sheila Payne at the Salzburg Global session Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life

Oscar Tollast | 12.05.2017

An online conversation on care toward the end of life will switch its focus to the emotional, and financial toll suffered by the family and friends of a dying loved one.

People taking part in the Salzburg Questions series will be posed a new question on this subject on Monday, May 15, which coincides with the International Day of Families.

The Salzburg Questions series has engaged people in conversation on Twitter since February 20 with discussions related to palliative care. People taking part in the discussion use the hashtag #allmylifeQs.

May’s question is, “Will caring for your dying loved one bankrupt you emotionally and financially?” Sheila Payne, an influential leader in promoting multidisciplinary work in palliative care, will help launch the discussion.

Each question in the Salzburg Questions series is launched on an international day of observation and led by people with expertise in the field of palliative care. These people were involved in a Salzburg Global session in December: Rethinking Care Toward the End of Life.

April’s question was launched by Dr. Suresh Kumar, a palliative care physician and health activist. He asked, “How have you prepared for your death?” This question led to several interesting responses, which Dr. Kumar summarized in a blog post for the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC).

At the time of writing, the #allmylifeQs hashtag has generated more than 7.5 million impressions on Twitter. There have been 1,895 tweets posted involving 367 participants from across the world. Salzburg Global is encouraging as many Fellows as possible to join in with this conversation on the day, beforehand, and afterward.

People are also encouraged to write blogs, which could be hosted on ehospice; the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) blog; Palliverse; and the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) newsletter. Vlogs are also welcome and should be sent to so they can be posted to a dedicated YouTube channel.

Please join in the conversation on Monday, which coincides with the International Day of Families, and remember to use the hashtag #allmylifeQs. A Twitter list of Salzburg Global Health Fellows has been created. If you would like to be added to this list, please let us know by subscribing or contacting us on Twitter at @SalzburgGlobal.

List of dates, questions, and people leading discussions

20 February 2017 - World Day of Social Justice - Why aren't countries accountable to commitment on #EOL care for vulnerable people? - Agnes Binagwaho

20 March 2017 - World Happiness Day - Is dying well as important as living well? - Lynna Chandra

07 April 2017 - World Health Day - How have you prepared for your death? - Suresh Kumar

15 May 2017 - World Family Day - Will caring for your dying loved one bankrupt you emotionally and financially? - Sheila Payne

20 June 2017 - World Refugee Day - 145 countries signed why do refugees have limited access to quality health care and #EOL care? - Emmanuel Luyirika

17 July 2017 - World Population Day - How and what do you measure to ensure palliative & EOL care? - Richard Harding

28 September 2017 - International Right to Know Day - Doctors, Nurses, do you want to die the way your patients die? - Bruce Chernof

14 October 2017 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day - Do you know how to access #palliative care when you need it? - Stephen Connor

10 November 2017 - World Science Day for Peace and Development - What future research is needed to improve care for people with advanced illness & towards the end of life? - Irene Higginson



Oscar Tollast