Letting Go. What should medicine do when it can’t save your life?

13 September 2010
These days, swift catastrophic illness is the exception; for most people, death comes only after long medical struggle with an incurable condition. In all such cases, death is certain, but the timing isn’t. How do you attend to the thoughts and concerns of the dying when medicine has made it almost impossible to be sure who the dying even are?

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