Looking Death in the Eye
The death of a patient presents the physician with one of the most challenging situations in the practice of primary care medicine. Negotiating the process of dying can also be one of the most rewarding parts of practice as it brings about an emotional intensity for the patient, the family, and other caregivers that can be moving and healing for all who participate. The knowledge of impending death can facilitate resolution of personal and interpersonal conflicts rooted in previous life cycle stages. Of course, that same emotional intensity can also prove traumatic or bring about long-lasting dysfunction for those families who are unable to resolve the challenges raised by the loss of one of their members.
KeywordsAdult Child Terminal Illness Unexpected Death Emotional Intensity Rewarding Part
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