This Doctor Wants to Humanize Death | Op-Docs

If losing a child to an illness is one of the worst things that can happen to a family, Dr. Nadia Tremonti has made it her mission to make it better.

It’s not easy. But as a pediatric palliative care physician, she works to ensure that terminally ill children receive quality end-of-life care. Palliative care is sometimes misunderstood to shorten life expectancy, but it’s a method that increases quality of life, improves symptom burden and decreases medical costs. We follow Dr. Tremonti in John Beder’s “Dying in Your Mother’s Arms” as she works to make death less medical and more human. In the process she asks a critical question: When a child is terminally ill, how can we make the end of life a better one?

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17 thoughts on “This Doctor Wants to Humanize Death | Op-Docs”
  1. If I can go through my life with even an ounce of the bravery, composure, compassion and kindness that Dr Tremonti demonstrates, I will be a very lucky person. The mothers featured in this film are also so brave to share their stories with us. Thank you to everyone involved sharing this with the world.

  2. Sorry but … Since when was death not humanized? It's one of the most fundamentally human experiences i can think of.

    Try again with a different headline. "Palliative MD helps patients and families come to terms with death" or something similar

  3. What a horrible job! I can't imagine caring for the babies who dont make it- gut wrenching! Thank you to these heroes for giving the families the love and attention they need <3

  4. The book Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, written by Caitlin Doughty, is a kind of an introduction to "death positivity". I have read some of it to my children. I see a lot of similarities in the approach to death that the two of you have. She has a channel called Ask A Mortician and her messages are stellar. Its kinda one of the only things guaranteed in life so I see no reason not to discuss it.

  5. Death is as natural as life. We dont know the world were born into. I bet if we knew we were being born, we'd be scared, just like before death.

  6. The faces of these babies abs their families are in my heart forever😭♥️ this was hard to watch. But so informative. Rest in peace beautiful babies fly with the angels where you are free from pain and suffering. ♥️ sending so much love to these families and hospital staff ♥️

  7. Death does require 4 years of training. Doctors are no more qualified either by talent nor training to make decisions relevant to the life or death of others and death does NOT require a medical degree. First do no harm. Doctors must be REMOVED from death.

  8. I looked up the staggering statistic, more black babies die before their first birthday than any other race. Per every 1000 live births, 10.5 babies die. Not only this but the mortality rate for pregnant mothers is 8 times higher than any other race as well. This is due to horrible acts like homicide. And yet, more black women are victims to abortion than any other race which significantly increases the chances of birth defects in a following child, or higher risk pregnancy’s for mom. More black moms DIE during childbirth than any other race as well. So, try and tell me that abortion and healthcare isn’t racist and practicing eugenics. You can’t.

  9. Please tell me why all these wonderful mothers and babies were black? Is this because of still another type of inequity of some kind? Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Thank you for sharing. My mother would not tell my father he had cancer and was dying. She wouldn't allow us, grown children, to either. When we were alone in the hospital room – just he and I – he held up his then scrawny arm and said, "There's only one thing that causes this. Cancer." He was begging me with his eyes to confirm what he already suspected – but I had promised, so I didn't say anything. It was traumatic for me, and I never forgave myself or her.

  10. The baby’s eyes 😢 please let him fight longer. God can make a way. We can spend half a year doing nothing, we can give the baby half a year to turn around.

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