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Hospital in France to open bar for terminally ill patients

By Mason White 2:21 PM August 4, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
Terminally ill patients at a hospital in France, will soon enjoy fine wines during their last days on earth.

The Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital, will open its bar in several months.

The bar will be located in the hospice, and hospital patients will be able to invite family and friends to share a drink with them.

It will be the first of its kind in France. The bar will improve the everyday lives of patients,” the hospital manager said. “The goal is to humanize the patients, improve the quality of their lives on a day-to-day basis, and also to give them the pleasure of being able to give and receive,” the manager added.

“It’s a small detail, but it can make all the difference,” the manager concluded. The hospital staff members are receiving special training from a Social Anthropologist on how to manage patients who come to the bar.

In addition to wines, the bar will also sell beer, whiskey and champagne.