David Bowie's Son Breaks Social Media Silence to Share Letter from Palliative Care Physician
Duncan Jones has returned briefly to social media for the first time since his father David Bowie's death to share a “thank you letter” from a palliative care specialist written to the late British musician.
Jones had confirmed to the world the sad news of his father’s death Jan. 10 after an 18-month battle, signing off with a message "I’ll be offline for a while".
Jones ended his silence to re-Tweet a post by the Marie Curie organization linking to an essay published by Cardiff, Wales-based palliative care consultant Dr Mark Taubert.
“Whilst realization of your death was sinking in during those grey, cold January days of 2016, many of us went on with our day jobs," wrote Taubert. "At the beginning of that week I had a discussion with a hospital patient, facing the end of her life. We discussed your death and your music, and it got us talking about numerous weighty subjects, that are not always straightforward to discuss with someone facing their own demise. In fact, your story became a way for us to communicate very openly about death, something many doctors and nurses struggle to introduce as a topic of conversation.”
Taubert went on to thank Bowie for his music, which played a soundtrack to his and the lives of many others. And how Bowie's “gentle death at home” had given strength to others working in palliative care and those facing the last stages of their life.
"Thank you for 'Lazarus' and Blackstar," Taubert added. "I am a palliative care doctor, and what you have done in the time surrounding your death has had a profound effect on me and many people I work with. Your album is strewn with references, hints and allusions. As always, you don't make interpretation all that easy, but perhaps that isn't the point."
Read Taubert's essay here.
Bowie’s critically acclaimed 25th and final album, Blackstar, has bowed at No. 1 on the albums charts in the U.S., U.K. and Australia. The album was released on Jan. 8, Bowie's 69th birthday.