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#12 Velvet Ray

#12 Velvet Ray

Ray Godbold is a palliative care nurse faced with terminal cancer – but he doesn’t want to die in palliative care.

Robyn and Ray Godbold — Photo: Andrew Denton

Ray knows what some doctors prefer not to admit. He knows that, even in palliative care, not everything can be taken care of; that a patient’s choices about how they die are very limited; and that, sometimes, their dying involves a wildness nobody can predict.
What Ray doesn’t know is that his own death will turn out to be everything he was hoping that he and his family would be spared.

'I've been there when lots of people have had terrible deaths. No matter what palliative care people say, the last 24 to 48 hours of somebody's life can be completely unexpected.'
Ray Godbold

Ray and Robyn Godbold's children: Tara, Ella and Rory — Photo: Andrew Denton

Please note: this podcast is not about suicide. If you are interested in increasing your understanding of suicide and how to support someone experiencing suicidal ideatio