On the brink of starting with a new research project on palliative end of life care at home, Ger Wackers’ wife was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. She rejected aggressive treatment of the disease and chose a palliative trajectory. She died at home 3 months later. Based on his personal experience, Wackers reflects on much varying images of courageousness in the face of dying prevalent in the public debate on dying and death in Norway and on the mutual relationships amongst dying, home and dignity.
Ger Wackers (b. 1956, Netherlands) is a researcher and physician whose main concern lies at the intersection of science and technology studies and care research. While he was trained as a physician, Wackers chose to further pursue research and teaching. His previous positions since 1986 include in the Department of Health Ethics and Philosophy in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limburg (now Maastricht University), the Department of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Culture, and the Faculty’s Department of Technology and Society Stud- ies at the same institution. Wackers currently lives in Narvik, Norway and teachers at Narvik University College, Faculty of Health and Society. His current research interest is in palliative end of life care at home.