Caring for Dying Patients and Their Families



Whenever it comes, death is not optional. We all die, our patients, their families, our families and ourselves, the physicians. Freud once said, “The goal of all life is death.”2 On a more spiritual note, Coelho described death as a “beautiful woman,” always sitting at his side (Coelho, p. 183).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine School of MedicineOregon Health and Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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