Thanks Gord

Today in Canada, and the rest of the world, people are mourning and talking about the passing of Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. While everyone was aware of his deteriorating health condition, this news is still difficult to process.

Directly or indirectly we may be involved with the palliative care of our patients. I have come across this interesting article by an ER Resident.

One Emergency Medicine Resident. One Month of Palliative Care. Ten lessons.


Farzad ‘Raffi’ Refahi



If they say
Who cares if one more light goes out?
In the sky of a million stars
It flickers, flickers
Who cares when someone’s time runs out?
If a moment is all we are
Or quicker, quicker
Who cares if one more light goes out?
Well I do

One More Light – Linkin Park

‘Together’ – Photos By Farzad

September 10th 2017 was the World Suicide Prevention Day.   While I have never had suicidal thoughts nor know someone close to me who has struggled with this issue, I will not ignore this topic.  I can recall one of my undergrad instructors discussing in a psychology lecture that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.
As health care professionals we have to deal with many obstacles, stressors and frustrations.  Just as we put importance on our dietary intake, exercise and quality of sleep, we need to be aware of our mental health.

Don’t ignore the problem.  Talk to trusted friends, family members and colleagues.  Seek professional help.

For more information visit Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

-Farzad ‘Raffi’ Refahi  September 19, 2017

Dedicated to Chester Bennington (Mar 20 1976 – Jul 20, 2017)