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Published October 30, 2020 in

Dr Merran Cooper on widowhood and changing how we die

Episode 32

At just 23 years of age, Australian Palliative care doctor Merran Cooper became a widow when Mark, her childhood sweetheart and husband, died of leukaemia.

Forced to move out of her home while still shell-shocked at her husband’s death, it would be three more decades until Merran followed her heart and studied medicine, becoming a palliative doctor to help change the broken system on how we approach dying and grief.

In this moving account of loss and a complete rebuilding of the self, Merran introduces us to her newly developed Electronic End of Life Plan – she is passionate about opening up better conversations about death and dying and helping people to take responsibility for how their end of life could be.

To watch Merran’s beautiful 12 minute film on dying, see Password is TLCSTC and is kindly offered for free to Shapes Of Grief listeners.

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