Costas Metrakis: “It Was Not a Peaceful Death”

David Barnard, Patricia Boston R.N., Anna Towers and Yanna Lambrinidou

in Crossing Over

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780195123432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999835 | DOI:
Costas Metrakis: “It Was Not a Peaceful Death”

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This chapter discusses the unusual case of Costas Metrakis, who was 58 years old when he was diagnosed with terminal and incurable disease. Unlike other families and victims of cancer, Mr. Metrakis and his family never had the time to absorb and accept the anguish and turmoil that accompanies the news of the fatal disease. From the date of his diagnosis with incurable cancer of the stomach to his reluctant admission to palliative care was only a period of two weeks. With a short time to cope with Mr. Metrakis' fatal disease, his family went numb and reluctant to accept palliative care. However, in spite of this, Mr. Metrakis was admitted to a palliative care unit, went home after three days, was admitted once again and died after four days. The chapter emphasizes the shock that dominated Metrakis and his family and their inability to accept and realistically face the fatal disease due to the speed of the events.

Keywords: time; acceptance; shock; anguish; turmoil; cope

Chapter.  7059 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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