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August 18, 2010

The work life journey of End-of-Life care in the workplace

Many years ago, heading into the newsroom when I was a rookie TV reporter, I was greeted by the remnants of a dramatic scene; a workplace nightmare. One of our managers, a workaholic in his early sixties, had just had a heart attack and died in the upstairs lunch room in front of a vending machine. Work life balance wasn’t his thing, nor was a healthy diet.

This man was dedicated to his craft. He covered three wars, witnessed Watergate, saw a president resign and a country brought to its knees during Vietnam. A lover of current events, he ate, lived and breathed political news. But he didn’t do much to care for himself. Turned out, he had a terminal illness that no one knew about. He had simply stopped taking care of himself, but wanted to keep working.

Is Dying Watercooler Conversation?

via The work life journey of End-of-Life care in the workplace – National work life | Examiner.com.

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