After she had been sick of cancer for four years, Christia Maria Jermiin Dieserud, 54 years old, was admitted to Hospice Djursland in the eastern part of Jutland in Denmark. At this point she had refused all life-extending medication. She didn’t want to spend her remaining time being sick of chemotherapy: “I know that I’m going to die. And for the time I have left, I want to be as much of a real person as possible.” Surrounded by her dearest, Christia passed away on December 11th 2016.
It’s afternoon. Christia is in pain, but she’s happy. When she first came to Hospice Djursland it was in order to alleviate her symptoms – and then the staff had planned for her to go home afterwards. But today is a good day. She has been told that she can stay at the hospice until the end. Although this information holds the sad notion that she doesn’t have much time left. She knows that. But that’s not what’s important right now. What is important is the peace and quiet. That she can stay right where she is and not worry about anything and rest.