Rachel Clarke: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss

Dr Rachel Clarke is a physician specialising in end of life care. Her recent book, Dear Life: A Doctor’s Story of Love and Loss (2020) draws on her experiences of having spent many years working with people confronting death. It offers reflections on her career and on the importance of high-quality, compassionate palliative care.

Clarke is a natural storyteller who gives moving accounts of the people she has supported in their final days. She also shares the experience of losing her father to cancer. Her first book Your Life in My Hands: A Junior Doctor’s Story was a Sunday Times best seller.

Dear Life is a book about the vital importance of human connection, by the doctor we would all want by our sides at a time of crisis. It is a love letter – to a father, to a profession, to life itself.

In an intimate interview, hosted by Dr Lucy Selman (founding director of Good Grief), Dr Clarke discusses the importance of good end-of-life care, and how to live a good life. She’ll also share her own experiences of grief.

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Dr Lucy Selman, c Artur Tixiliski

Dr Lucy Selman

Facilitator, Dr Rachel Clarke

Dr Rachel Clarke