Presented by: Keri-Lyn Durant
In 2016, Phil Dwyer published Conversations on Dying: A Palliative-Care Pioneer Faces His Own Death, a book recounting Larry Librach’s personal journey through palliative care. Because Librach had the unique position of relating what he felt to be best practice while he faced his own imminent demise, he offered advice from both sides, commenting frequently about how principle doesn’t necessarily translate into practice and making suggestions on what could be happening in our care communities. He also was able to call attention to differing perspectives and the value of multi-disciplinary input in end-of-life care. Perhaps most importantly, Librach defines the term “hope” and its role in his experience, touching on its fluidity and power. Author Phil Dwyer accompanies him on this journey, interweaving his brother’s experience with palliative care in the UK as well in the overall narrative. Published posthumously, Librach’s open and honest account serves as a tremendous legacy to the contributions he made on both sides of the palliative care experience.
Using an appreciative inquiry methodology, my poster explores Librach’s definitions of hope, identifying areas where it is occurring in Thunder Bay. The environments for appraisal include palliative care education (specifically experienced at the Faculty of Nursing and in the School of Social Work at Lakehead University), volunteer services through Hospice Northwest, and the multi-disciplinary palliative care team at St. Joseph’s Hospital.